I want to complain about the people swimming against the regulations at Green Springs. There is no one to complain to at the site.
We have pointed out the no swimming sign to people swimming when we have been there on a couple occasions, particularly a family in a large white Hummer. They think it is very funny.
It is not a good idea for the environment, nor is it safe. I think something needs to be done to protect the quality of the springs and the public itself and someone needs to be responsible for watching over the park and make sure people are following the regulations that say there is no swimming at that site.
Where is the fresh fish?
We live in Florida and fresh fish should be in abundance as well as reasonably affordable.
However, upon researching this, most seafood stores and restaurants receive their supply from the same place. It is from a delivery truck from Orlando with fish that originated in foreign countries.
This makes one wonder what the definition of fresh fish is. If it takes weeks to get here, how fresh could it be? Does the fact it has never been frozen as many restaurants and stores advertise, does that make it healthier and fresher than fish that has been flash frozen by the ship that caught it. What regulations moderate accurate actions of all of this?
The most amazing, baffling, annoying and conflicting aspect of all of this is that we live in an area where fresh fish, really fresh, is in abundance, but I rarely find local fish in the restaurants. I just don't get it.
Edgewater decorations aren't all that
You know, in Edgewater it is so nice to be thinking about Christmas. However, we have deplorable decorations. There is nothing like there used to be. We have little flags on Indian River Boulevard that don't even light up.
You would think with one of the highest tax bases in the county that we could do some decorating by Indian River Boulevard, U.S. 1 and Interstate 95. It is really sad that we don't do decorating like our neighboring towns.
I hope next year, the city commission and county council will consider doing a little more decorations.
Clean up debris
Has anyone noticed that the Volusia County roadwork along State Road A1A in Ormond-by-the-Sea seems to have been completed?
Well then why is the construction debris, and I call it debris because it is strewn all over these lots, still remaining at the corners of Carol Road and A1A, (old Valero Lot), River Drive and A1A, and next to Spanish Waters and across from the last remaining submarine tower? What a pretty sight for us residents and visitors, who must pass these spots everyday.
I say that tongue in cheek because for every step forward, such as the improved Al Weeks North Shore Park, the Publix redo and the removal of the eyesore defunct Valero gas station, a new mess appears.
Who is responsible for seeing that when work is done our community doesn't look like a junkyard?
Not too welcoming
One day as I was heading east on State Road 44 and was about to pass the tourist bureau, I decided to stop in to pick up some brochures of coming events. As I was leaving, I asked where the restroom was and was told, "We do not have one -- there is a sign on the door saying that."
Imagine a visitor pulling off Interstate 95 heading to our little beach town and realizing he can both pick up local information and use a much-needed restroom and then being told that there was none available. New Smyrna Beach can do better than that.
To be business wise or not to be
Advertising is a short-term investment. However, putting someone to work is a long-term investment and you will reap the rewards.
Only part-time minimum
Concerning the $10 minimum wage proposed by the president. I think it is a good idea, but I think only part-time employees should get it, as full-time employees are getting full time benefits and money.