On several occasions at the bus stop shelter by Westminster Canterbury senior apartments in Daytona Beach, groups of homeless have squatted there, drinking alcohol, smoking pot and even shooting up.
Some of them are urinating in public, wagging their privates at several elderly women and often times harassing the elderly.
On several recent occasions a few people phoned the police and nothing has been done.
No police show up, except we noticed two to four Daytona Beach police cars at the nearby 7-Eleven where they all seem to be enjoying coffee in the parking lot and tend to ignore us old farts when we approach and try to express our concerns. (On more than three different occasions this has occurred).
Angler's club controversy
Under one name or another, the century-plus old Angler's Club has come up for lease renewal with the City of New Smyrna Beach, but remains at its original $25 annual charge.
As a public, rather than privately-owned parcel of land, the city, and therefore taxpayers, time and again aren't accruing an amount for true worth. The select few and their family and friends enjoying the rights and privileges of the club have for far too long managed to suggest putting off such injustice.
With "learn to live with this until the next lease runs out," the customary response, the few well-heeled and connected have continued for more than 10 decades to favor their now 90 members instead of the best interests of the 27,000 city population as a whole.
Without suggesting New Smyrna Beach go through the length and expensive process of breaking such a long-standing lease, there's certainly been plenty of timely opportunity for them to renegotiate it. Just as is done with other property that would seem for an increasing amount over original fee or termination of lease.
Whatever is done, if the Anglers moved on, another public boat launching facility, marina, park, waterbound taxi/touring opportunity, welcome center/shuttle site, festival location, regrettable last resort sale, etc. -- should then become the shared decision and overall best interest of residents, snow birds and tourists for such a prize parcel of waterfront property strategically located between mainland and beachside.
I am curious which agency – city, county or state – is responsible for the sanitary conditions of Votran benches, bus stop shelters and such.
On numerous occasions, I use the bus and, while waiting for the bus, I have witnessed individuals urinating at the stops, on the benches, Plexiglas windows and such. On other occasions, I have seen feces, hypodermic needles, used condoms, etc.
These are all biohazards and need to be uniformly and constantly monitored.
The same goes for the "safe and sanitary" conditions of the transit buses, also.
I am not the only one who sees and smells these issues.
In response to: ‘Protect handicap benefits’
Before you judge people who appear to be abusing the use of a handicap placard, they may have an "unseen" handicap like COPD, heart problems or other invisible afflictions.
New and old residents need to drive with more care
For those of us who regularly use the sidewalk that crosses the Hacienda Del Rio entrance at U.S. 1 in Edgewater, this addition of more homes is not good news.
That's because we can only assume the new crop of seniors who will move in will be no more courteous to walkers and bicyclists as the current group is.
It's very instructive to watch the old folks exiting HDR to head north on US 1. Few if any stop at the wide white line at the stop sign, and many barely slow down. Virtually none look to the right to ensure there is no pedestrian traffic heading south on the sidewalk, and consequently many fail observe the state law requiring vehicles to stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk.
HDR fiercely controls who enters their hallowed ground with a gate to control access. I would recommend they also put a gate at the exit stop sign to control the oldsters who can't seem to observe some elementary traffic laws. This comment by the way, is written by a 71-year oldster.
In response to: ‘Protect handicap benefits’
Regarding the writer's concerns about handicap parking, while living in Nevada during snowbird migrate, this was a terrible problem.
What the city/county did was create a group, similar to meter maids, under the supervision of either the local police department or sheriff department.
They patrolled local malls, large traffic venues and such. They enforced the handicap dilemma and other issues.
The city/county used a magistrate to "hold court" so as not to tie up the legal system.
I would suggest a similar program here. You could also tie it in with the littering/beach issues among others. It’s just a thought.
Pinehurst project needed more planning
As the Pinehurst project in Edgewater nears completion, I'm sure there is a fair amount of chest-pounding and back-slapping going on by those who either contributed to the effort or benefited from it.
As a Waterway Park resident, who has to transit past the project to get to my home however, I'd like to offer a flip-side view of what Habitat For Humanity has imparted upon our well-established community.
First, it appears little or no thought or planning was given as to where the inevitable influx of children that would come with such a project were to spend their free time. From what I can see, HFH was simply focused on building as many homes as possible, and ignored leaving some free space for a playground or small park. As a result, the already very narrow streets in our mostly empty-nester neighborhood have become the de facto play area for these kids.
There also appears to have been no thought given to providing sidewalks from Pinehurst out to US 1. The result here is we have packs of students walking twice a day, usually three or four abreast, down Canal and Godfrey out to/back from where the bus stops - with little regard for vehicular traffic.
HFH says "everybody deserves a place to call home.” I would counter and say that everybody who already lives in an area impacted by a HFH project, particularly one of this scope, should not have to swallow the effects of poor planning by simply accepting the idea that this is a good thing because it's for such a noble cause.
Thanks for the music
I would like to say thank you to all those you work on the park at Port Orange City Center.
Thank you for putting the music back in the trees. It is wonderful to walk and listen to the music. It gives us joy. Thank you. Have a nice day.
Glass recycling available
Port Orange recently removed the recycling of glass bottles, which distressed many residents.
We did find an alternate place to recycle clean green, clear and brown glass bottles.
Check at the fire stations. Check online. The receptacles look like an igloo.
We found one near us at Spruce Creek, fire station 12.