Stop feeding the squirrels
To the person in Ormond Beach on beachside near Kent Drive who is feeding the squirrels peanuts: please stop. They are becoming a nuisance in our area and destroying property. They have eaten multiple holes in my screens and are coming into my porch to bury the peanuts in my potted plants. They're doing the same at my neighbors and also chewing the wood on her porch. Another neighbor has squirrels in his attic. I am paying someone to trap the squirrels in my backyard, but he said as long as you are feeding them, they will return. So please stop.
Are sidewalks ADA compliant?
The wonderful new sidewalks in South Daytona sure look pretty. However, if you are handicapped with a walker, then the walker keeps catching on those bricks. I believe they are in violation of the American Disabilities Act of 1990.
Response from Les Gillis, City of South Daytona Director of Public Works: The decorative sidewalks that are being installed by the City of South Daytona on Ridgewood Avenue (U.S.1) feature an innovative design of paver bricks banded by ornamental concrete. The specialty paver bricks used in the construction consist of a beveled edge designed to reduce tripping hazards. To further ensure a level path, the paver bricks are being installed using polymer sand. When hardened, the polymer sand will lock the paver bricks in place and prevent heaving, which causes an uneven surface. Since the sidewalks are being installed on a state road (U.S. 1) using federal grant funds, the City of South Daytona received approval from the Florida Department of Transportation that the design used for the project complies with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as enforced by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Cities need to share responsibilities for the homeless
People need to write their county council members about other cities taking on some responsibility for the care of the homeless besides Daytona Beach or they should support the Tiger Bay Village. Daytona Beach is not going to clean up unless we try to move some of these shelters away from the Ezone so they are not panhandling the tourists. We are losing are good family demographic that we need for jobs in our community.
What's going on with Hometown News?
What's going on with this paper? You don't seem to have much to read any more but advertisements. There are not many Rants & Raves or editorials anymore, which people enjoyed reading.
I have begun to lose interest in your paper and was surprise to see how few pages there are. Maybe it's time to add new sections to the paper. I know there is a lot of local news, crime and election debates, as well as community events going on. It was a nice little local paper, but it takes more than ads to keep a person interested in a paper.
Kids are out of school; maybe have a page for them, since many kids need help with reading.
I am tried of people who live in Florida and don't respect it. People need to take care of the environment.
Daytona State College...just another corporation
It was almost with disbelief that we read in the News-Journal that the president is being lauded for her community awareness and peace keeping and for all the new programs being instituted. Come now, just recently and quietly, more than 35 part-time multi-degreed professional tutors were cut and are now part of the unemployed in the community. We were told enrollment is down and there was no money. Telling the public that college education is worthwhile all the while cutting 35-plus college educated people seems at odds with the new face of Daytona State College. So without any hesitation, we believe Daytona State College is just another corporation hurting the little guy, but wanting to look good.
Response from Laurie White, Marketing Director & Public Information Officer: The college is converting a number of contracted, part-time tutoring support positions (who worked as little as two hours each a week, and some only during busy seasons) to eight full-time positions with benefits. The affected workers can apply for the full-time positions, if they wish.
Thanks for making shopping a pleasure
I want to give a big thanks and appreciation to the staff of Publix in Port Orange. They make life for people much happier. Thank you.