Parking problems in Stewart and Fort Pierce show a lack of interest in the citizens
What do our city commissioners think? When Stewart had the perfect location to build a parking garage, they instead leased the property for 99 years to an apartment rental real estate company.
Currently, the city of Fort Pierce has approved ownership of the former power plant for one of the hotels and other businesses. Both Stewart and Fort Pierce are very parking hungry. Apparently, the commissioners of this city are attentive to the needs of their compatriots who pay their salaries. I know that I and many others avoid a lot of downtown activities due to severe parking issues. They should all be kicked out and replaced with others who are interested.
Donald Page, Jensen Beach
The cost of treating poor water quality in the state will only get worse over time
Water quality in Florida is very poor. The death of fish, manatees, springs, seagrass, and corals are all repercussions. Florida’s #1 resource, water, has been woefully neglected for decades. The saddest part is that the problems and most of the solutions have been known for decades as well. This price increases with each year of inaction, and the problems only get worse.
There are many problems that cause poor water quality, including human sanitation. Septic tanks do not perform well in Florida due to the porous, sandy soil. The solution is to get rid of all septic tanks near water bodies/trenches, and connect them to modern sewage treatment plants. Most wastewater treatment plants must be modernized to remove nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorous) and not discharge “liquid manure” after treatment, as is currently the case.
Fertilizer use in agriculture and on lawns is a problem, again due to the porous sandy soil. There are many ways to implement Best Management Practices (BMP’s) to significantly reduce these impacts. Not fertilizing lawns during the rainy season and using slow-release fertilizers in agriculture are just a couple of solutions.
Since the entire state of Florida is designed to drain water quickly, rainwater run-off laden with nutrients and pollutants is a major problem. The solution is to implement better rainwater management practices.
Water problems can be fixed in Florida. It will take a lot of political will and a lot of money. These are old problems with known solutions. We no longer have time; It must be done now.
Marc Yano, Vero Beach, Florida biologist and vice president of the Indian River County Clean Water Coalition (CWC).
The public should look more seriously at the true cost of road works before it is too late
How familiar are you with the current roadworks commencing between the bridges on the A1A in Vero Beach?
I don’t think the general public knows what’s going to happen over the next year. Adding a sidewalk and 6-foot-wide bike path will come at a significant cost, as will removing the canopy of trees and greenery. Perhaps the architect would need to note the many stripes on the large trees currently in the proposed sidewalk path.
I wonder if this would be one of those “what if” moments that didn’t materialize until after the damage was done. I may be a little off the norm here, and I hope I am, but it would be nice if a news organization would consider the aesthetic impact. I fear this FDOT project has neglected our small town landscape in favor of providing bicycle and pedestrian access without preserving what we all hold so dear.
David N. Moulton, Vero Beach
Black Americans are twice as likely to have Alzheimer’s disease: We must fix this
On Treasure Coast, up to 1 in 7 adults over 65 lives with the disease, which is a disease for which there is no cure and no effective treatment. Black Americans in particular are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than older white adults. but why?
One reason is related to chronic health conditions that disproportionately affect our society. Cardiovascular disease and diabetes are associated with a higher risk of dementia. Access to resources, increased poverty rates and poor quality of education all affect the ability to improve health conditions that continue to perpetuate the burden of Alzheimer’s disease.
There is evidence that black communities suffer from a high rate of missed or late diagnoses. Early diagnosis means access to clinical trials, time to plan and make lifestyle changes that will improve quality of life. However, with poor access to adequate healthcare and a lack of trust in institutions, this simply does not happen.
As a society, it is our ability to improve the lives of our residents. We can make changes today that will make things better for all Treasure Coast families tomorrow. I encourage all of you to join me on Saturday, October 15, at Indian Riverside Park for a day of community work on Walk to End Alzheimer’s Treasure Coast.
Together, we will march for those living and lost to Alzheimer’s and work to raise funds and awareness so that everyone affected by this disease can access the resources they need. We owe it to ourselves and to the beautiful Treasure Coast community we have built.
James Butler, Port St. Lucy, is president of Walk to End Alzheimer’s Treasure Coast.
Affected business owners only had a big impact in the pet store vote
Can a local government arbitrarily close a legitimate business? You bet they can, and Martin BOCC has done just that.
On June 7, the BOCC voted unanimously to permanently ban the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in retail settings under the premise that our two puppy stores pose a health, safety and welfare problem for our community. Speaking on behalf of the ban, animal rescue groups, a member of the BOCC-appointed Animal Care and Oversight Board, staff and some commissioners.
Who is not represented? Affected business owners. The BOCC did not notify them that they were considering this ban, which would close their doors. The owners found out when the media contacted them to get their reaction after the vote. Gov platform welcomes you. DeSantis has legitimate business in Florida, but unfortunately businesses can be closed without warning or notice in Martin County.
One earnest owner who has 5-star reviews and employs eight Martin County residents who will lose their jobs just days after Christmas. Why Christmas? The BOCC declined to recommend giving companies a year to close and cut it short to six months. The landlord is considering bankruptcy because he himself guaranteed his five-year lease. His store does not contain any violations of health, safety or welfare; In fact, no one from Animal Control or the county has ever visited his store to get first-hand knowledge of his business. They simply considered him abhorrent because he owned a pet store.
I’m all for banning pups from treadmills and bad actors who abuse or abuse animals, but it’s unfair to assume that all pet store owners are bad. If you support our local small business, email BOCC today and ask them to get serious about these businesses at [email protected]
KC Ingram Moline, Palm City
Lawyers seem to be getting jobs under DeSantis
Our governor is promoting hiring people to work in Florida. Well, one group that gets a lot of work is definitely lawyers.
His publicity laws about CRT, wake-ups, and abortions have all brought lawsuits. His ridiculous report on supposed voter cheaters will bring more lawsuits. Attorney General Andrew Warren stood before he made a mistake that could lead to another lawsuit. Upon hearing the increase in IRS staffing, Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis assumes for some reason that they are coming after our state and wanting to sue the federal government.
Now, moving asylum seekers to Martha’s Vineyard for some kind of distorted political gain is bound to lead to more lawsuits. Perhaps, having been voted out of office, he could start a travel agency.
Donald Ducher, Stuart
WWJD? Maybe you don’t use desperate humans as political pawns
Ron DeSantis considers himself a Christian. However, on September 14, he used taxpayer money to send two private planes carrying immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, claiming they were in Florida because of President Biden’s “open border policies.” (Republican governors use “open borders” indiscriminately and imprecisely to indicate that the Biden administration does not enforce US immigration policies, which is incorrect.)
Desperate humans’ use of economic and political security as pawns in DeSantis’ quest to gain MAGA’s support is a stark example of unChristian behavior.
I was introduced to the initials “WWJD” 40 or more years ago when I asked my children’s orthodontist what the initials on his bracelet meant. He replied, “Reminds me to stop and ask myself, ‘What would Jesus do?'” ” in this situation?”
If DeSantis doesn’t think much about his self-centered political aspirations and more about Christian virtues, he might remember Jesus saying, “If you see a brother or sister in need but refuse to help—how can the love of God dwell in a person like that?” He also reminds us: “You must open your hand generously … to those in need of you, and to the poor.”
I know some individuals who are MAGA supporters, those who make up this voting bloc, coveted DeSantis like a greedy man of gold. I also know that the sane and mature adults among them are tired of hateful rhetoric, aggressive partisan behavior, and crude political stunts like those of DeSantis on September 14th.
This is what American politics has come up with: a set of hate-fueled maneuvers deeply rooted in a range of cultural issues that stoke passions and stymie objective thinking. Is this really what we want for America?
Let’s ask ourselves, WWJD?
Cray Little, Vero Beach
Show understanding for those seeking gender-affirming health care
In response to the 9/11 letter complaining about a lawsuit seeking Medicaid coverage for elective surgery, specifically transgender surgery, there are many types of surgeries that are elective. People with severe knee problems may experience severe pain and have limited mobility. They may not consider knee replacement surgery optional, but technically, it is.
The author’s targeting of those seeking gender confirmation surgery is often just as painful, both emotionally and psychologically.
Toddlers understand gender when they are between 18 and 24 months old. A child can be very young when he begins to recognize that he is a boy or a girl. Their true gender identity that differs from their specific gender can be very strong.
An excellent article in the September/October issue of Psychology Today, “What Parents of Transgender Children Want to Know,” provides detailed answers to general questions and about the incongruity that transgender individuals feel when they are out of gender compatibility. While gender dysphoria is not a mental illness, people with it are more likely to develop psychological problems.
I agree with the letter writer that we need to help those in need, and that includes helping those with gender identity issues for which surgery is one type of treatment. Anyone suffering, whether it be mental or physical health issues, needs our sympathy and understanding.
Dorothy Cam, Port St Lucy
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