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Re: ďAwaken the sleeping Biltmore beauty,Ē letter by Deborah Repsold, Feb. 27.
Editor:
I never cease to be amazed by our midwestern and northern visitors who come to our state and tell us how to do things. To applaud commissioners you canít vote for. To attack Belleair Country Club members who are residents. And to say you are victims? Huh? You donít live here, donít vote here. But you demand to have a say.

Have you looked at the Belleview Biltmore building, read the numerous articles and editorials written about the building? It seems logical to most that the building is beyond repair. Yet you presume to tell the good people of Belleair that they are wrong. That their elected officials are wrong. Amazing. You basically have as much right to have a say in any issue in Florida as I would have in Chicago. None. You are not a resident. You are a visitor.

ďBring Belleair back to being synonymous with the home of the Belleair Biltmore.Ē Is that really what you think? Donít you think the residents of Belleair and the members of the Belleair Country Club have a more vested interest in what happens in their community than a seasonal visitor from Chicago?

The condescending tone of your letter is what frustrates those of us who call Florida our home. Full time. We grow tired of being told how we donít do the things the right way in Florida. I am sure that Chicago has many issues of its own that you can take a stand on. Leave local issues to local people and their representatives.

Oh well. It will be getting warm in Chicago soon. Enjoy your summer. I am sure Belleair will survive just fine without your input.

John Brandt
Treasure Island
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