Hal Freedman April 17, 2014 at 01:22 am
So, Johann, you're saying the Lens was financially trivial... and the reason for opposing it wasRead More strictly aesthetics? That's what I had always thought anyway, so it's nice to have it confirmed. As for public transit: visit a few cities that have built the infrastructure, and most likely subsidize it, and see the development that has grown around the public transit hubs. We spend billions now on roads, and it's not enough to keep up with demand. Put much of that into public transit, and perhaps people will be happy to escape the congestion and read, do work, just relax, on the way to work. I am lucky to live in a part of town where I can walk to everything. I put 2,500 miles on my car last year. I would love an express bus (don't need CSX for those) or light rail to take me to the airport... like every "real" city. Public transit is like parks and libraries... they don't pay for themselves directly. They pay off in quality of life and in economic growth for the community as a whole.
Johann April 17, 2014 at 10:43 am
No Hal, I'm saying you're comparing apples to oranges. I get it, you're bitter that your condo eyeRead More candy was shot down by 65% of voters. Let it go already. As for GLP, you can do all that now, it's called Supershuttle, or a cab, and soon, Uber. Using 19th century technology to solve 21st century challenges is just dumb. Technology is the future, like self-driving electric cars, not choo choo trains. Oh and I think you missed my point about CSX. GLP was planning to piggy back on some of CSX's right-of way for their light rail, and CSX has told PSTA it's not happening. Which means even more tax dollars spent buying land via eminent domain to make light rail even possible. But you were right on two things, both the Len$ and GLP are both doomed at the polls because their both BAD IDEAS.
Charlie Holzler April 17, 2014 at 12:09 pm
I agree with Doc Webb. GLP is about generating $130M per year in tax revenue and having no controlsRead More or limits placed on PSTA as to how the money is spent and/or distributed. Call it lack of faith and trust on my part but I've had enough of my tax dollars wasted. To get my vote in November, GLP needs to put more on the table than 'Trust Us!'
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.