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Rants & raves
Rating: 3.33 / 5 (27 votes)  
Posted: 2012 Nov 23 - 06:16

Too loud for comfort

My adult friends and I have learned to stuff cotton balls in our ears when we are going to Epic Theatres in Deltona because of the ear splitting volume of the upcoming attractions, ads and the all too numerous "crash and explosions." Please hire someone to monitor the ear-splitting decibels in the new theatre.

In response to: 'Don't go Bob'

I am so happy someone said don't go Bob Garcia. I think the people who represent DeBary need to apologize to the taxpayers. They acted like a bunch of spoiled brats and should apologize to the citizens of DeBary.

We need you, Jimmy

Former president Jimmy Carter goes to third world countries to monitor their elections. I think it is time we admit we need his assistance here in Florida with our voting fiasco.

Dining with dogs in Ormond Beach

Some restaurants have been allowing dogs on their patio for some time without it being legal. I have filed four complaints with the Florida Health Department against Einstein's at Nova Road and Granada Boulevard for allowing dogs on their patio. I have even been taunted by customers after complaining to the manager and a corporate office. It has been illegal for dogs to be at restaurants, except for service dogs, for a long time. Please take the time to read the requirements of the Dixie Cup Clary Local Control Act, which the city of Ormond Beach will now be responsible for.

Prior to making complaints I saw a couple with a dog at Einstein's throw up all over the dining area. The owner went inside and grabbed napkins, after petting the dogs and having vomit on her hands. Another time a dog urinated and then defecated under the table. Not a pretty sight.

Another consideration is what happens if a dog bites a child or person while they are walking into the restaurants or dining nearby. Also some people may be allergic to dogs. If they are allergic, why should they have to go to restaurants that prevent dogs from being there? The city staff has the power to prevent something like the above happening. Please say no to doggie dining.

My personal view is to not allow dining with dogs in Ormond Beach. Although I am not a resident of the city of Ormond Beach, I live on the borderline and dine frequently at most Ormond Beach restaurants.

Too confusing

I am surprised Rants & Raves has not been flooded with rants about that crazy Florida ballot. I have never seen such gobledy-gook writing in my life as those constitutional amendments. It seemed to me they were written purposely to confuse. I am glad Florida didn't get the chance to be the "confuser" and muddle the election results temporarily or permanently. Get it together Florida. You are looking very juvenile.

We need a dog beach

Are dogs allowed on the beach in Ormond Beach?


Dogs are only permitted on Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach before 9 a.m. or after 5 p.m. Dogs must be on a leash and have a current rabies tag. Dog owners must clean up after their dogs. Dogs are allowed anytime on Atlantic Beach, but must also be on a leash no more than 12 feet long

This is the provision that allows dogs on the beach in Jacksonville. Many in Ormond-by-the-Sea would like to pursue a similar policy as aforementioned, with limited hours for our dogs on the beach. Dogs love the beach, dog owners love to see their dogs frolic on the beach. It is great exercise for both dogs and humans and a great way to connect with your neighbors.

Those that oppose dogs on the beach are often those that do not like pets or fear them. I have never seen a problem with dogs on the beach in Flagler Beach just north of Ormond Beach or further north in Jacksonville. We need to have our own dog beach.


We are told all the time to save paper. Yet everyday I receive tons of junk mail in my box. Recycle you say? I have made two calls for the past three weeks trying to get a bin delivered. Spoke to the same person who assured me twice I would receive it -- to no avail. I use my electricity to shred, wear and tear on my shredder, bag it in plastic. And into our landfills it goes. I have tried returning junk mail to senders and was told by the mail deliverer that it just gets thrown away at the post office and I might as well do it myself. Go figure.

Senior Services

It has come to my attention that some of our senior citizens who rely on service transportation to go to doctor appointments are left to sit and wait for a return ride. While these appointments can be lengthy, after the appointments are over they are left waiting sometimes three or four hours for their transportation to return and bring them home. This just sounds so unreasonable to me and most of these people are unable to walk a long distance and need this transportation to go from one place to another. I am not sure where the problem lies, but someone needs to look into it. I wouldn't want to be in that position at all and neither would most people. So why would we subject the most vulnerable to be stranded for any length of time. I am not sure what the standard procedure is to call the transportation office and tell them the patient is ready to go or if they just have to wait for the transportation company to show up to pick them up. There is an error of ways somewhere in their procedures. I know that some of the buses have to go from one town to the next to drop off and pick up, but it is impossible to go from Orange City to Deltona and then to Daytona Beach in 45 minutes of time. So if someone knows the correct answer I think our senior citizens have right to be treated with the same respect we treat others.

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