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Seeing blue. It’s hard to believe any true American would display our national flag, Old Glory, red stripes painted blue. It’s contemptible for the veterans and those who have died for our flag. If it was done by a democratic, childish show of vengeance, they should see their doctor for a few more treatments and then get out of the USA.

Hot pavement. This for all the dog lovers out there like me. It’s that time of year again. The pavement on the road and on your driveway could be hotter than 120 degrees with the afternoon sun beating on it. Please don’t walk your dog in the middle of the afternoon. Wait until after the sun goes down or do it in the morning. I know there are a lot of people out there that are doing it, not realizing how hot the pavement is. Take your shoes off and walk around out there and see how it feels. It’s pretty hot. If you see one of your neighbors walking their pets, they may not realize it either, so let them know how hot that pavement is. It’s over 120 degrees. Very hot on your puppy’s paws.

Bumpy ride. It would be nice if the City Council would consider repaving Venice Avenue East, just east of 41. The right-hand lane is terribly disturbed. It’s full of potholes, full of patches and it gives for a rough ride. That piece of road definitely needs to be repaved all the way up to the first light.

When? Congratulations to the baseball, swim teams, tennis team. The parade was great and great community spirit. I’d like to get this on my calendar…can you please tell me when the parade is going to be held for students who achieved academic honors, and also those who participated in community service? Hopefully they will get their day in the sun. When will that parade be?

Turn it up. I am very sad to express my frustration of the poor quality of the sound system at the annual Venice Memorial Day ceremony at Patriot’s Park on May 27. The host surely knew they would need good mics and proper amplification in order for us to hear the speakers and hear the announcements of laying of the wreaths by different veteran organizations. Across the road about eighty residents were sitting out in front of Tuscan Gardens watching the ceremony, but they couldn’t hear. Many residents had family members who were in the wars and many died. Several WWII survivors were sitting on the porch to watch the ceremony. Too bad, but none could hear what was being said or what was going on. Even the music could hardly be heard. Hopefully, future presentations will have someone knowledgeable handling the acoustics that are so needed by such a worthy ceremony. The ceremony was surely wonderful, if we could have heard it.

More? Recently on the TV news, there was a story about the 10,000 permits that were allowed by Sarasota County for 10,000 homes on Fruitville east of Interstate 75. If I hadn’t seen it on the news, I wouldn’t believe it. I still can’t wrap my head around it. What are they thinking? Have any of our commissioners sat on the interstate at 3 or 4 in the afternoon and tried to get anywhere? What are they thinking? That’s insanity. Where are we getting the water from? We have a water shortage, don’t we? If we don’t, then why can’t I water my lawn when I want to? Is this a make-believe water shortage? Our elected officials need to figure out and get in there and plan correctly. They could have 275 running parallel with 75 to take the interstate traffic away from Sarasota, and away from the coastal areas. It would also help with evacuation.

Say no. I’m calling to ask the city of Venice to please not permit the beach shop property located on Venice Beach to be rezoned, allowing for more condominiums. Say no to the rezone!

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