Letters to the Editor: April 2, 2022

It sounds like a lot has already been planned for Riverside Park

What is really going on in the discussions between the City of Vero Beach, the United States Tennis Association and the Mardy Fish Foundation?

According to an April 11, 2021, “Tennis Grandstand” article by Randy Walker, the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation has held discussions with the City of Vero Beach and the USTA to convert the city’s Riverside Tennis Complex into a new-type tennis complex, which would rival many of the best tennis facilities in the country.

It would serve as a hub for all local tennis payers, many Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation-funded youth programs, junior and adult tournaments, Special Olympics, wheelchair tennis, Love Serving Autism, as well as potential professional events on an “intimate Mardy Fish court.”

The USTA worked with the Fish Foundation on a site plan, rendering, and business plans for operating the facility. It also pledged to fund the project through special grants, including a special presentation to mega-donors during the US Open in 2021.

Randy Walker, the Fish Foundation’s tournament director for their annual USTA Pro Circuit event, had plans to host junior and pro competitive tournaments in the summer of 2021. He believes that refurbished hard courts could host pro tournament exhibitions and practice and training events for top pros.

Walker received initial interest from some college programs to play special doubles games at Riverside Park.

What will our neighborhoods look like with all the traffic that comes with so much activity? The park will change forever. Why appeal to “megadonors”?

It sounds as if a lot of planning and negotiations had already taken place without the knowledge of the public. Please tell us – what is really happening?

Judy Briggs, Vero Beach


Martin County puppy licensing is unfairly expensive

New Martin County puppy owners should be aware of this. County Ordinance #710 requires 12-week-old puppies to be vaccinated against rabies and licensed. The County Tax Collector’s Office issues the license and charges a fee detailed in the regulation. Dogs that are not spayed or neutered pay a $75 license fee. Your 12 week old pup is not spayed or neutered and is therefore being charged an unfair $75. This surgery is usually done after the puppy hits puberty. For most, that’s 6 or more months old.

We’ve asked the Martin County government to clarify the proper age for setting this $75 fee, but it doesn’t seem worthy of their time. So new puppy owners pay or risk damaging your credit. If your puppy is neutered or neutered and microchipped, the license fee is a reasonable $10.

James Howard, Hobe Sound

Will Smith defended his wife from ridicule with a slap from Chris Rock

Could Motion Picture Academy Ban Will Smith From Future Ceremonies? The Academy wants us to “behave”.

His wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, is a victim of old-school black comedians who made money mocking black women with vile slurs.

The Smiths’ lucky night at the Oscars? Ruined. The Academy? Black lives don’t matter. Especially old standup comedians who can’t get enough of trampling on women of color – the women who are raising their children or more.

Doesn’t seem right to me. Will Smith gets hit for the wrong reason.

Katherine Vanderbogart, Vero Beach

Will Smith, right, meets presenter Chris Rock on stage as Rock presents the award for Best Documentary at the Oscars on March 27, 2022 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

The southern US border should be secured from undocumented travelers

President Biden expresses concern about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine but allows illegal immigrants to occupy the US southern border.

Biden admits that thousands of people cross the US border every day, but does nothing to protect the border from them, many of whom bring drugs, crime, human trafficking and disease to America. Undocumented immigrants pose economic challenges for taxpaying Americans, who are already experiencing an inflation rate of 7.9%.

In March 2021, Biden appointed Vice President Kamala Harris to address the border crisis. She visited the border once, in June 2021. The tide of people crossing the border illegally has increased under her watch. The Washington Post reported that Customs and Border Patrol faced more than 200,000 illegal immigrants in March 2022, compared to 173,277 in March 2021. The Washington Examiner reported that in 2021 more than 400,000 illegal immigrants snuck across the border and without escaped arrest. Biden and Harris have allowed an invasion of our country, putting American security at significant risk.

The Biden administration wants to end Title 42, which allows for quick expulsion of migrants at the border due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Without Title 42, the flow will increase across the southern border. Where will the CBP hold these illegal entrants? Will Biden send them on planes, buses, or trains to unsuspecting American cities and states in the middle of the night?

dr Anthony Fauci says Americans must be prepared for new COVID-19 restrictions and Biden pleads for a second refresher Are new COVID restrictions and booster shots required because of the border invasion?

Pam Ouellette, Jensen Beach

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