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Palm Coast Tuesday, Apr. 26, 2022 2 months ago

4 letters: Swim club, mental health, Aquatic Center, City Council raises

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by: Guest Writer

Why the mistakes at Belle Terre swim club?

Dear Editor:

It baffles me that such a mistake could be made about the complete change at the Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club. This ordeal was started approximately two years ago with the new superintendent. The School Board knew how much money it would take to get that club in shape. There constantly were  school district people on the grounds looking at all the work that had to be done, so you can’t say that they were hit all of a sudden with such an increase just to repair the parking lot alone. 

(Editor’s Note: Flagler Schools administration said it will take not $150,000 but $420,000 to fix the parking lot.)

Also where were the “head honchos” working directly under the superintendent? Not one of them could do the math? Do they just do what the superintendent says and that’s that? It took them two years to admit their mistakes.

Terry Webb 

Palm Coast

 

Vote out City Council for giving itself a raise

Dear Editor:

With the City Council approving its own 151% raise, we all need to stand together and vote everyone out.

Our economy is questionable, prices are going up, and they have the nerve to give themselves this ridiculous raise.

This is disgusting. All of you should be ashamed and leave office now, or we will force all of you out.

People are struggling. What are you thinking? 

Barbara Royere

Palm Coast

 

We must do more for mental health

Dear Editor:

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. As a volunteer and advocate with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, this month I am asking everyone to join us and demand #MoreForMentalHealth.

I am doing more by calling on my legislators at the federal and state levels to support legislation that will fund the implementation of 988 and the suicide and mental health crisis system across our nation, particularly for those in underserved communities.

Currently, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available at 1-800-273-8255 and de-escalates the crises of tens of thousands of callers each day. On July 16, those in distress and those that support them will be able to reach the Lifeline through a simple 3-digit number: 988. By making the Lifeline more accessible through this shorter number, calls, texts, and chats to the Lifeline's network of crisis call centers are expected to increase. It is vital that the federal government work with states to ensure callers in distress will have: 1) someone to call, 2) someone to come help, and 3) somewhere safe to go. We must act now to secure funding to equip call centers and community crisis response services throughout the country with the staff and resources to respond to everyone in crisis.

Join me this month in urging our federal and state public officials to do #MoreForMentalHealth. You can start by visiting moreformentalhealth.org.

Together, we can help #StopSuicide.

Nicole Johnson

Jacksonville

Editor’s Note: This letter is a form letter sent to newspapers around the country.

 

Who is handling the Aquatic Center upgrade?

Dear Editor:

I was excited to read that Palm Coast is considering replacing the Belle Terre Park and Aquatic Center with a new one, or at least repairing the existing one.

My only question is who will be in charge of this upgrade? Will it be the group that handled the disastrous splash pad at Holland Park or the group that completely bungled the trash pick-up contract?

Palm Coast is becoming an embarrassment.

Maybe we should ask the Green Lion to handle our business, as they seem to be the only entity that knows how to get things done.

Mike Verrault

Palm Coast

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