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Baseball is great, but safety is needed

April 4, 2012
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

To the editor:

I love baseball. I love sports. I played baseball and football. I go to four spring training games a year. I just enjoy baseball.

The Nationals would be a perfect fit here in Fort Myers. I would like to volunteer my time to bring another baseball team to Fort Myers. The downtown park is fantastic to watch baseball. If you need my services call. Or email. Now that Fort Myers is committed to baseball, go for it.

However, nothing is free except when it comes to paying for baseball. Teachers, firemen, EMS workers and police officers took pay cuts during the process of satisfying baseball owners, fans and players. The cuts in education will affect kids for the next 10 years. When I went on the website to buy Boston Red Sox tickets, they were sold out to brokers, and the only seats left were in the outfield corners. I then checked with the brokers and found out I could go to a game and spend over a hundred dollars. It seems to me if Lee county voters pay for a stadium, shouldn't they get first chance at buying tickets. Commissioner Judah needs to be applauded for working hard to keep baseball in Fort Myers, but shouldn't there be someone in the county looking to strengthen education, public safety and health care.

Someone died on Fort Myers beach last week. Her name was not published. The name of the person who hit her was not published. It is a stretch to say that if there were the same amount of energy spent on baseball as safety, she would not have died. Money should be spent on well-lit crosswalks by choosing zip tapes that flash when a pedestrian enters the crossing area.

Fort Myers is committed to baseball. Having an empty stadium downtown is not in the best interest for residents. So Mr. Judah, your work is cut out for you. How do you fill that stadium without taking more money from teachers, firemen, EMS workers, emergency nurses and police officers? Still want my help? I didn't think so.

Jim Dundas

Fort Myers Beach



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