Pet door varmint blues

I have had a problem with a raccoon who figured out the doggie door at my home and has been getting in.

I called Port Orange about coming out and trapping the critter. Their response was that they don't do that any longer. They gave me a phone number to call. They informed me it would cost $245 to come out and place a trap.

I think this should be part of the city government responsibility. Since you can't discharge a firearm in the city limits, what are you left to do? It seems the more taxes we pay, the less they do and the more regulations they impose on us.

If you find yourself in this situation, you can buy one of these expensive traps and trap them yourself -- Amazon less than $40. What to do with your catch? Since animal control has nothing to do, drop them off at their office and let them deal with something they should have taken care of in the first place.

In response to: 'Enforce the codes'

I have the same problems where I live.

There is a person operating a tree-trimming service out of his home. Parking his trucks and trailers on the side of the street.

As if that looks bad, now someone is parking an 18-wheeler here as well. I sent photos and an email to code enforcement. Nothing has happened. They're quick to come around if you put up a shed and hassle you about a permit, reason being they can get some money for that.

God forbid they would have to spend their own money for enforcement. Picking and choosing what they will and will not enforce is no way to run a railroad or a city

TNR working; patience needed

For well over a century, cat over populations were controlled by trapping and euthanizing them.

This upsets many people, but let’s set aside those emotions for a moment and ask one dispassionate question: Was trap-and-euthanize an effective means of cat control? The answer is a resounding, No. If it had been effective, we would not have been overrun with stray and feral cats after a century of reduction efforts.

About 10 years ago, Volusia County and several of her cities came to the realization that, as Albert Einstein put it, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Trap-and-euthanize was costing taxpayers money and it was not working.

Time for Plan B: Trap-Neuter-Return. Does TNR work? Yes, it does. Ten years ago, I was feeding 54 cats in five colonies. Today, I feed 19. That is a 65% decrease. Every responsible TNR volunteer I know has had similar results.

Whether you love cats or hate cats, we all want the same thing: no more homeless cats. With your understanding and patience, we will get there.

Don't rent out paradise

Your recent article concerning short-term rental openings can be construed as misleading because short-term rentals are governed by local and county code.

For example, Bethune Beach, where I live, is part of unincorporated Volusia County. In my area, county code prohibits single-family residential short-term rentals. While single-family rentals are permitted when contracts are for a period of 30 days or more, many owners of short-term rental homes have found ways to circumvent the code.

Further, county code does not permit single-family residential homes to be subdivided into multiple units.

Bethune Beach is a residential community and there are many examples of homeowners violating single-family residential rental property county code. While many short-term renters are respectful of our community, many of us have horror stories concerning short-term renters. Short-term renters have been known to rent homes for their unsupervised teenage sons and daughters and, many times, adult renters are no more respectful – vehicles parked on neighboring properties, loud parties, alcohol consumption on beaches, littered beaches and destruction of dunes.

We have a beautiful community and beach, and we strive to keep it that way. If only all would adhere to the county code, we would be able to maintain the life style that brought us to Bethune Beach.

Nursing home residents need a little leeway

I am concerned for patients in nursing homes who are now facing a life of near imprisonment.

While we understand the need for social distancing, masks, hand washing and the careful transfer of items, it appears we have crossed the line.

Some patients feel they need some limited options from time-to-time from outside the facility, like a change for food that is available from commercial establishments who meet acceptable standards or snacks that are not available at the facility, that are wrapped or sealed properly.

The new word is, patients can't receive these options even though they would not have a negative impact on their health nor would they have direct contact with delivery services.

Has our health system reached this point?

Someone needs to investigate these policies or actions on the emotional stress or impact on the lives as well as the "fear" of retaliation for being a whistle-blower

Let's have a process that protects our loved ones and still treats all people with dignity.

Fluffy and furry friends

Think about this folks.

The reason we have a feral cat problem is not the cat’s fault. It is the irresponsible and cruel, misguided pet owners who are at fault.

Why not start lobbying our local and state government officials with this idea. “From this day forth, all kittens and intact adult cats at all shelters be spayed or neutered and fitted with a microchip identifying their newly adopted parent/servant.” In some cultures, they were revered as gods and most think they still are and you are allowed to wait on them.

Dogs have to be licensed and have a rabies tag identifying the responsible party in case of a vicious attack. “Beware of Attack Cat,” really? Might only happen if cat was rabid. Microchip would help in identifying violators of S.775.082 and $5,000. Penalty might quickly curtail dumping of cats at colonies.

Money collected could go a long way to alleviating costs of care and feeding at shelters and lesson the burden on taxpayers.

Think about it. We humans have made them the most popular pet in the world, now we should be held responsible for our actions regarding them. Don’t abandon them. Take them inside and give them a warm fuzzy place to live, rather than the cruel, unforgiving and uncertain life of an alley cat. Supposed life expectancy of a wild feral cat is three to five years while indoor cats can live 17 years or more.

We are family

Peninsula Drive has something to say and it's not about cats today.

In this home, we are family. We keep our promises. We are respectful and grateful. We use kind words. We always tell the truth. We are patient. We make mistakes. We give second chances. We say I'm sorry. We give hugs. We have fun. We are real.

May you be touched and know that you are loved, and God didn't make any junk.

Stick to the rules

It does no good to wear a face mask under your nose and over your mouth. It needs to cover both.

If you can’t breathe, try a different style mask or stay home.

In addition, the one way arrows in the stores are there for everyone to follow, not just those who are pushing a cart.

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