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Rants & raves
Rating: 2.65 / 5 (48 votes)  
Posted: 2012 Sep 14 - 00:14

Snowbirds beware

Snowbirds beware; there are some low-lifes that tap into your electricity and water when you are gone. You can file a police report if your water and electricity has been stolen.

Employers should keep their word

Potential employers sometimes tell potential employees after an interview that they will let them know either way if they are hired or not. If employers say that, they should really do it. Out of six interviews I have been on recently, only one employer called back. Potential employees are expect to send thank you notes for interviews, employers could at least do what they say they are going to do.

Give people a chance

I understand that there are a lot of people out of work. Some people have good work history, but are terrible at interviewing. Employers should take that into consideration.

Just 'pick it up'

In response to the statement from South Daytona public information officer Jeanne Willard regarding the rant 'Pick it up' in the Sept. 7 edition. First and foremost, the city created the argument pitting citizens against city hall, not the citizens. And the entire paragraph reads as follows:

"City employees drive and walk our streets every day. They stop to pick up trash they didn't throw on the ground, they make calls to report problems they see, and they come to staff meetings with innovative ideas to save money or to create a wonderful park experience or an exciting youth activity. They take pride in what they do and they go the extra mile for residents. Several years ago staff secured millions in grant funds to help beautify our City. The U.S. 1 streetscape and the new Oak Lea Bridge are examples obtaining grant funds to enhance our City."

Throughout any given day, there are numbers of city trucks roaming the neighborhoods and using gasoline like it is "free." Why is it that a city truck rides down a certain street that is completely out of his way, and has no reason whatsoever to use that route, unless the worker is just "roaming around"? The trash mentioned in the original letter was eventually picked up by a resident, but the entire street (Palm Grove Court) is undoubtedly the worse kept street in Palm Grove. The grass is growing up in some places in the gutter six inches high. We could save gasoline on the "roaming trucks" and use the street sweeper to keep our streets clean and grass free gutters.

From an overall view by us citizens, there are things that are far more important than putting expensive Palm trees, Magnolia trees and brick sidewalks on U.S. 1, whereas some of our sidewalks near and around our school (South Daytona Elementary) need improved. Those individuals the city is trying to impress for business purposes still have to look at the degraded streets and areas surrounding. And why didn't the entire section of U.S. 1 get the improved look?

As citizens, we love our city and if we didn't, letters like this would not be written.

Where is the hot dog truck?

What happened to the hot dog truck in Tom Renick Park? We came down to the beach to have lunch and the truck is gone. Will it be coming back?

Editor's note: Hometown News ran a story about the hot dog truck in the Sept. 7 edition.

There must be more to the story

I think there must be something more to the shutting down of the Beach Café, than just a parking problem. Let's get him back in business.

Shutdown does not make sense

I believe the Beach Café being shutdown for a parking violation does not make sense. He has been there for nine years. Why would city politicians stop a man from earning a living?

Park is a mess

I'm a frequent visitor of the Riviera Dog Park on Alabama Avenue in Holly Hill. It is in terrible condition.

It is so very dirty. Cigarette containers have not been emptied. Everything is piled high with butts and trash. Nothing has been picked up throughout the park. Water bowls are not working. Trees that have been marked to be cut down are having branches fall off, which is dangerous. Grass has not been cut. The gate is covered with poison ivy. Mud wasps are around the fountain. Bathrooms are dirty. This used to be an enjoyable place.

Engineers will never say yes to riverboat

Wayne Heller is a great guy, but the bottom line is that riverboat will never be in New Smyrna Beach. The Corps of Engineers will never allow it. The dock would have to be rebuilt with pump out stations. Twice, barges have already hit that dock.

These commission meetings are a waste of time.

Task force is doing a good job

I would like to rave about the Southeast Volusia Task Force who is working to clean out prescription drug abuse on the New Smyrna Beach beachside. I own a business on beachside, and I see pill heads everyday. I know the taskforce is on it, and that is a blessing.

Why can't we attract a different variety of businesses?

In response to the article about human signs in Orange City. It seems to me that southwest Volusia County, in general does more to hurt business, than help. The only businesses we seem to attract are pawn shops, small bars and mattress stores. What are we doing wrong?

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