Hal Freedman April 18, 2014 at 12:41 pm
Gene, just curious which "power players" on either side of the Lens issue "stood toRead More benefit greatly"??
Laura Rambeau Lee April 18, 2014 at 01:33 pm
This careful manipulation of public meetings is the Delphi Technique. People need to ask themselvesRead More if it is worth sweeping $130 million out of the local economy, increasing commercial rents and costs of providing products and services, the taking of businesses and private property through eminent domain, building new HUD low income housing, disrupting commerce during decades of construction, etc. is worth it to serve no more than 2% of the population who use public transportation.
Doc Webb's Bay Post April 18, 2014 at 04:51 pm
Hal: For example, the Beach Drive restaurants and bars were sure to benefit if the LENS were more ofRead More an attraction than a destination. They were not in favor of competition that would allow people a dining alternative at the new Pier (LENS). While the LENS would have not provided any direct competition, a benefit, it probably would not have been that big of a draw.
Hal Freedman April 17, 2014 at 08:03 pm
Johann, I got your "point." And "eye candy" has nothing to do with it. TheRead More Lens was a move forward with a world-class architect... even if I hated the design, I wouldn't try to stop it, once the 6-year process picked it as a winner. How do your driverless cars stop the flow of the billions we pour into a 70-year old highway system? Should we just keep widening roads until the entire peninsula is concrete? Have you ever wondered why a generally progressive area is so far behind other major metropolitan areas when it comes to public transportation... could all of them be wrong and we be right?
Johann April 17, 2014 at 08:53 pm
How about a compromise? Remember that silly word? Let's re-configure PSTA leadership, expand the busRead More fleet to include natural-gas & hybrid-electric powered units of different sizes, and convert from a hub & spoke routing system to a grid. Dump the light rail nonsense, and use a half-cent of the bed tax for 10 years to make it happen. Just a thought. GLP will fail as it stands. Mark my words.
Johann April 17, 2014 at 08:58 pm
And perhaps some bus stops with "movable walls and portable air conditioners"?? lol sorryRead More I couldn't help myself.
Laura Rambeau Lee April 11, 2014 at 05:01 pm
Residents of Pinellas County cannot afford to have $100 million dollars sucked out of the localRead More economy. Small businesses cannot afford to have their rents and costs of doing business going up. Say no to the sales tax increase, vote No Tax for Tracks. Support the opposition.
Charlie Holzler April 13, 2014 at 10:38 am
The poll shows Greenlight Pinellas is in trouble with the voters ... and after reading PSTA’sRead More chairman, County Commissioner Ken Welch's rebuttal to remarks presented by Barbara Haselden on Thursday, I can't see it getting any better. Give the voters the facts, all the facts, on both sides of the debate, and the voters will decide what is best for our community.