Flags looked beautiful
I want to rave about the flags being up on the bridge for Sept. 11. It is a day we should never forget. But wouldn't it be cheaper to put them up for Labor Day and leave them up, rather the putting them up taking them down and then putting them back up.
In response to: 'Beaches should be smoke free'
Yes, it is a free country, but I think some of you missed the point. While it would be common courtesy to walk away from the crowd. The main point is the extensive littering from the smokers. The majority of smokers view the sand as one big ashtray. Thousands of these butts wash up during the high tide creating an unsightly mess. When is the last time you saw a smoker on the beach bring his or her own ashtray?
Please leave plaza alone
If it ain't broke don't fix it. Please leave the Granada Plaza alone. It is perfect as it is, especially with the covered walkway the entire length. It protects walkers from the weather and from cars. Unlike the terrible reconstruction they did of the Publix Plaza on A1A.
Pitch in to stop littering at home
In the Rants & Raves section of the Sept. 13 Hometown News, I read about people littering. I have noticed that in Florida, people are asked to help prevent mosquitoes by looking around the outside of their home to check for anything that is collecting water in it by not littering, people would be contributing to decimating the mosquito population because many of the items that people litter with can collect water in them for example: a cap from a bottle of water.
Disabled can pay $5
Currently, virtually everyone who wishes to drive and park on our wonderful Volusia County Beaches must pay $5 for a daily access ticket (or, alternatively, must have purchased a seasonal pass) for this privilege. Given the quality and nature of this very unique place, it would be a bargain at just about any price, but it is especially so at the many-years-old cost of $5.
Having lived in many parts of the country, I have found few places you can park all day long for the ridiculously low price of $5. And here -- as a bonus -- we have the natural wonder of our beaches to enjoy. The nominal fees collected go toward important things, such as beach maintenance, lifeguards and for our beach patrol personnel, all of whom help keep our beaches the safe, family friendly, desirable venues they are.
One group, however, uses our beaches frequently and regularly, but does not contribute to their maintenance through payment of any access fee. That group is those who have obtained those blue disabled placards you see hanging from the rear-view mirrors of a significantly increasing number and percentage of vehicles. While providing free access to those who have such placards may seem like a politically correct, feel good thing to do, a rational review of this well-intentioned policy would lead one to the conclusion that such free access is neither equitable nor necessary.
Having several disabled individuals among my own extended family and after having served on the boards of directors of agencies serving the disabled, I am somewhat familiar with the rights of the disabled and legal/moral responsibilities of the society as a whole with regard to the disabled. The Americans with Disabilities Act (one of the key definers of the rights our country has extended to the disabled) seeks to provide those disabled with -- to the extent possible -- full access to our public places. It does not provide nor require that such full access must be provided without cost or even at reduced cost. The issue is access, not free access.
One group of disabled individuals that ought to continue to receive free access to our beaches, however, is our disabled veterans. These men and women took years out of their lives to serve in our armed forces, put themselves at risk and were, in some way, disabled. The country owes them much for their time in service and for the injuries they suffered. Free access to our beaches is a small token of the debt we owe this special group.
In response to: 'Pedal pushers' and 'bicycle culture'
I drive for a living and am an avid bicyclist in my time off. I see bad examples of drivers and riders out there every day. I can tell you there are cyclists I will not ride with and drivers that I refuse to get into a car with. It is human nature that we don't remember the ones that are law abiding and courteous.
To address the bicycle registration issue: Motor vehicles are taxed according to weight. Bicyclists and their bikes weigh less than the four tires on my F-150 alone. You could make a case for a written test I suppose, but if they are breaking the law now, who will enforce this?
I applaud the awareness of the "three feet" law. I can tell you from personal experience that all the years before and since that law has been in effect I have seen no difference in the way I am approached by motor vehicles while riding my bike. I know of several bicyclists that have been ticketed for running stop signs but have never heard of a single motorist being stopped for infringing on a bicyclist's space.
Yes, I think bicycle "Service Stations" would be a great idea and there is a trail along the interstate right-of-way that stretches from Ocala to almost Tampa. Other countries have provisions for bicycles on super highways. Think of it: People exercising instead of sitting behind the wheel of gas-guzzlers. Who knows? We could become a healthier, cleaner society.
There are laws on the books now that govern the way we are supposed to operate on the roadways. I think giving the manpower to enforce the existing laws is all that is needed.
In response to: 'Smoking on the beach'
It doesn't make sense for a smoker to go out of their way to defend something they know deep down, is harmful to them.
That always gets me, when they should be even nicer and more understanding for those who have allergies or compromising health status, that non-smokers really have no choice with.
Florida heat makes it difficult enough for people to breathe who have asthma, heart conditions, without having to have smoking add to the mix. But non-smokers or anyone who is trying to just relax and take in the nice ocean air at our beautiful beaches should not have to contend with it, in all honesty and they should have a "heart" about it even more so and not try and bring up ridiculous comments about "who should wear or not wear bikinis" or innocent "children" who may get sand on someone's blanket because they are walking by.