We have residents, some tenants, that have need of financial assistance towards the restoration of their homes and/or properties, especially in the way of retired persons mobile homes. Some of the people have become handicapped as the result of old age or serious car accidents, etc., that can no longer do the heavy lifting that property maintenance requires and no longer have the income necessary to hire others to do the work. The city has the equipment to facilitate property care and not at the outrageous, punitive prices that is assessed towards owners of neglected properties. In one case that I am trying to help out at the present, a lady used the last of her savings to purchase a small mobile home in a local MHP under the assumption that all it needed was some aesthetics. She was sold a lemon. She needs about $2500 in materials alone just to fix the cover-ups that the former owner used to cover up the damages and sell her the property. The trailer is borderline condemnable. This program is not for those who are obviously able to take care of themselves or make up for the shortcomings of their landlords. The program is to elevate the quality of life for the lower income residents, (exclusive of the freeloaders), and the overall aesthetic appearance of the city no matter where you go in it. Such a program would also elevate property values and protect home owner investments by not allowing neighborhoods to run down. It is an investment in community. Referrals could be made by social workers or contractors that stumble upon hardship cases or other Good Samaritans who become aware of somebody's hardships. Part of community policing is improving properties so as to discourage the inviting appearance of run down neighborhoods to the criminal elements of the community. Up kept properties entice community involvement and community pride and increase revenues for the community.
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I feel for the local business that have to deal with the loss of patrons because no one wants to turn into mud puddle to enter. The wear and tare on the vehicles from the poor road conditions. I had to have my front end aligned 3 times this year. So before we embark on new adventures I'd like to see some completed. Ulmerton has been under construction since 2005.
I'm very concerned about the fact that they do not have a crossing guard at the Eastbay Dr. & Seminole Blvd. for Largo high school students however the have one at small light in front of school and it is under construction so main foot traffic doesnt use that anymore during all construction my daughter rides her bike to school as that is the biggest and unsafe intersection with turn arrows. andyet they do have one there for Largo middle school about 8am
Please fix the light timing on East/West Bay Dr. It seems as though they are based on a camera system that judges volume, which I believe could be improved upon. In my morning commute I typically hit 7 of the 11 traffic lights from my house to 19 via East Bay. Sometimes it takes 20 minutes to do that 5 mile commute. Timing the lights would keep traffic flow moving and reduce fuel waste at all the red lights. Major city all over this country time their lights to keep the flow moving and it is very possible here. All in all, Largo is a great city to live in. Thank you.
Compost whatever yard waste you can and return it to the earth as a healthy, organic fertilizer. You can also compost some household waste and save it from going to landfills. Investigate this fully so that you do it properly. Good composting practices saves you the cost of fertilizer. This also saves the city the cost of disposing of it. Everybody wins.
Paving Ulmerton Road and the new sidewalks.
I've looked at the consultants map of the Medical area and see that much needed additional parking is proposed. Has the drainage issue been resolved - we get a lot of standing water at times which is hazardous. Cell phone reception could be much better - more carriers with stronger signals would be helpful. I do not see a helicopter landing pad at the hospital on the consultants map. The Green is a nice idea for waiting patients, hospital visitors and employees in the various Medical buildings.
Sometimes, creating a unique sense of place can be as simple as hanging a swing. Make waiting for the bus fun and family friendly by adding swings to Bus Stops. It's inexpensive and thoughtful ... Check out videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoOffpFAkpw & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDqbb0eHVXA
The fair features live vinyl-spinning DJs and has showcased live music, food carts, artists and other entertainment. Buy, sell, trade – new and used vinyl records plus a selection of used turntables. Check out a similar event online https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USCda7R-B4o. Host independent record dealers, local record stores, music labels and an assortment of other music-related vendors.
Let's break the record for the World's Largest Water Balloon Fight. Money raised from the sell of t-shirts could be donated to a local charity or project. See a similar event posted on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grnkCPxdTdU