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Rants & raves
Rating: 2.67 / 5 (6 votes)  
Posted: 2013 Dec 06 - 06:15

Thanks, Hospice

I want to rave about Hospice Volusia-Flagler for its wonderful Thanksgiving basket. Everything was nicely prepared and presented. It shows they not only care for their patients, but they care for their caregivers, too.

Need new dining

Why can't the city of Edgewater get some new restaurants? We have to drive to Daytona Beach to eat at places like Arby's, Krystal, Cracker Barrel, Long John Silver's, Steak & Shake, Hardee's, etc.

It seems anything new is another pizza joint. We have what, about 50 of them now?

There are a lot of residents in Edgewater, Oak Hill, etc. There is a lot of traffic through this area and a lot of people that live and work in this area. There is so much road front property just sitting empty all along U.S. 1. Any of these type restaurants would be a big hit in this area. I just don't get it.

Cost increases scary for manufactured home park residents

As a long-time resident homeowner in the Ormond Beach senior manufactured home park voted your Reader's Choice best senior community this year, such a distinction offers little comfort to the seniors being forced to sell their homes at such depressed market prices while incurring agent commissions and the cost of moving. Most are even afraid to think about it because they cannot afford to stay here, so little equity would be realized to start over even if one could sell. It has become a worsening struggle to pay outrageously escalating monthly rent plus homeowner insurance premiums, all utilities, home repairs, maintenance and landscape upkeep, as well as prospectus-dictated community pass-ons and higher property tax assessments. Our average rent ranges from $600-$700 plus and going higher in a non-gated park and are approaching senior apartment rentals. Sadly we have become renters of affordable homes we purchased with retirement savings years ago to live out the Florida dream.

Space Florida wants to take your National Park

Building a launch facility on the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge while having the Kennedy Space Center to launch from is not only wasteful but also harmful to this fragile environment.

If this were not bad enough, part of this park land will be taken away from the American people.

If Americans do not want to lose their wildlife refuge for a commercial spaceport they should stand up and say "No-go" to the proposed Shiloh launch facility.

The St. John's River Water Management District has declared the Indian River Lagoon system as one of Florida's "Outstanding Water Bodies." This lagoon system includes the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and the Canaveral National Seashore.

No part or parcel of these two national treasures should be taken away for any other purpose.

The mission goal of our National Park System is to conserve these lands for the enjoyment of future generations.

Once upon a time, wealthy and powerful men set aside for the American people a wonder of beautiful lands called the National Park System. It was America's best idea.

Now the wealthy and powerful want to take part of that away.

Thanks for colors

I want to thank the person who sent in the colors of cancer and what they stand for. The person who wants to start the lung cancer walk has a good idea, also.

Good job, guys

This is a word of thanks to Chris and the boys on the city of Port Orange ground maintenance crew for the trimming of trees on Willow Run. I hope the effort continues in the future. Good job, guys.

Keep it civilized

At New Smyrna Beach Speedway on Nov. 23, the announcer used a totally unacceptable term to describe the people of Japan. This is 2013 and we should behave as civilized people.

Power to the crafters

When they have an art show, they don't have craft people set up with them, but when they have a craft show they have artists with them. That is not fair.

Thanks for WAC story

Thank you so much for the wonderful article about my fellow WAC. I have known her since 1975. At one time in Daytona Beach we had a Women's American Legion post. We had at least 60 members. We also had a Women's Army Corps group, but we had to disband because our members were moving and dying. Since Daytona Beach was a training base for 20,000 women, we felt badly having to disband. Audrey Sewell is a great lady and very active at VFW 3282. I admire her very much.

Wrong on drainage

The city of Holly Hill has decided it is cheaper to purchase a trailer park, relocate at least 40 families living there, and build a landscaped retention pond than it is to increase the size of several hundred feet of drainage pipe to the river.

Would the city have reached the same conclusion if there were not two large, expensive, new riverfront condominium buildings directly across the street from the trailer park? Hey, if I owned one of those condos, I would also want the landscaped retention pond as opposed to an old trailer park at my front door. Since the condos are the prime beneficiary of the proposed retention area, maybe the developer/owners would like to contribute to the cost of the project. All I'm suggesting is the city be honest about what they're doing. Just tell it like it is and proceed to do what you want to do. Don't try to justify it as being a cost effective way to solve a drainage problem, which it obviously is not.

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