Letters: Forget Flagler Shore, beautify median instead

Mayor Jeri Muoio’s Palm Beach Post op-ed, “Flagler Shore a good step in improving space for all” (Saturday), proves once and for all that she plans to spend $35 million of taxpayer money to pursue Flagler Shore using Norwegian studies and Minnesota consultants.

The mayor talks of open space, yet she appears to have missed Planning 101. If she really wanted open space, she would stop new city developments from building sidewalk-to-sidewalk on narrow streets — which creates grand canyons between the tall buildings — and instead concentrate on grand streetscapes with palm trees and green space throughout the city.

Rather than ruining Flagler Drive, the mayor would do well to reverse course (which takes courage) and improve Flagler Drive’s beauty and safety.

She should take a (free) lesson from Park Avenue in New York City and add plantings and flowers down the Flagler Drive median, which would make the city more beautiful, valuable and enjoyable while at the same time improve safety by funneling pedestrians to the pedestrian crossings, rather than the current haphazard way people are now crossing.


Too much garbage

drifting to our shores

It probably borders on heresy to make adverse comments about the pristine beaches of Palm Beach County, but hear me out. Since I grew up “patrolling” the beaches of Singer Island in the late 1940s I feel that my observations have merit.

My wife and I look forward to tripping to the inlet, especially during the past few days of high tides and near storm-like winds. Folks, we were appalled. The drifts of plastic trash and junk that was mixed into the seaweed was disheartening. It was beyond what an energetic beach attendant could cope with. It was industrial levels of trash.

A fellow sightseer commented that was not local waste but waste discharge from ocean-going freighters which are allowed to discharge garbage on the high seas. Unfortunately, our county borders are limited to 3 miles offshore.

If we wish to continue being known as the Palm “Beaches” rather than a dumping ground for international trash, our city fathers might pay attention to this mess.


Public has right to see

pictures of shooting

Regarding the Florida Legislature’s vote to suppress all photos and videos of the Parkland school shooting:

What better way to do the bidding of the gun lobby than by sanitizing the issue and reducing it to an academic discussion on gun control?

As they say in court, it would prejudice the jury, or in this case, the public, to see how the AR-15 bullets exploded body parts on contact and splattered them on the school walls and floor. They must keep this on the same level as a shooting video game. No mess, no fuss and you can just turn it off after your done. Totally devoid of reality.

Maybe the shooter stopped his attack with 180 rounds still in his arsenal because the reality of the gore set in.

I am also disappointed that the Palm Beach Post has not come to the defense of the First Amendment.


People in crisis

need better system

As a person who offers support to people in recovery, I recently experienced how people in crisis are ignored. I received a call from someone in crisis who reached out for help and no one had answered. The person was shaken to the core and felt hopeless.

It is time to listen to people in crisis and be supportive instead of referring the person somewhere else, where they have to painstakingly explain their issues over and over.

How many times have people expressed concern about an individual and it is ignored?

The mental health system needs to be restructured. People in severe mental crisis need to be attended to before the consequences are dire.


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