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Clearwater businesses worry
about effects of shootings

St. Petersburg Tribune, by Stephen Thompson*

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Posted By:Hazymac, 5/28/2014 8:36:26 AM

CLEARWATER — A gun battle outside the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa — followed by a second shooting just down the street — on Memorial Day left visitors and business owners wondering whether the publicity would damage Clearwater Beach´s reputation as the family-friendly get-away. “I´m kind of concerned about the foot traffic and the tourism now,” Jessica Palmer, who sells tickets at Sea Screamer, which guarantees dolphin sightings during its boat tours, said Tuesday.“... so now if they hear there was a shooting they won´t want to bring their kids to the beach.” After the Hyatt shoot-out, the

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The police are ever present on Clearwater Beach, but the place is packed with tourists on every sunny day. Some visitors who witnessed the gunfire will probably never return to Clearwater Beach, which, needless to say, hurts all the businesses in the area. I hope the judge and jury lock up these perps for a long time. They have no business breathing the same air as the rest of us. We´re lucky some innocent bystanders weren´t killed.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 5/28/2014 8:42:18 AM     (No. 9864315)

It seems the tourist industry lives and breathes ´reputation´ as evidenced by its occasionally violent reaction to online reviews and ratings.

But thugs reenacting ´Scarface´ (memo to gang-bangers: it was supposed to be a cautionary tale, not an instructional video) has nothing to do with ´reputation´ and more to do with the decay of society even in genteel districts.

Those who elected Democrats/liberals to local, state or national office should take a long look in the mirror, but I doubt they have the self-awareness to admit their culpability.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: kar120c, 5/28/2014 8:46:06 AM     (No. 9864318)

Stinking racist business owners. Probably Republicans.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Elvira, 5/28/2014 8:47:00 AM     (No. 9864320)

It took VA Beach a looong time to get their reputation back after the Labor Day riots that came out of the annual black sororities/fraternities get together some years back. But, they learned the lessons of where and how things went to hell in a hand basket. Now, there´s a cop on a bike practically behind every bush. Good luck to Clearwater. Perhaps officials might want to talk to Va Beach.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: metalman2, 5/28/2014 8:49:30 AM     (No. 9864326)

We often ride our bikes from Dunedin to Clearwater Beach on the Pinellas Trail. There is a very tough neighborhood just North of Clearwater. Lots of bling and BMWs in front of rundown little houses. It´s difficult to bike with a .357 on my hip, but that´s what I do.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: dubyarules, 5/28/2014 9:39:53 AM     (No. 9864410)

We´ll see how the government P C Police like the reduced sales tax revenue.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: mc squared, 5/28/2014 9:56:51 AM     (No. 9864430)

The only way gangsta culture will be smashed is if businesses use their muscle to force the pols to crack down. Either that or they will fold. There´s no middle ground; no compromise with these thugs.
Same thing happened in Ft Lauderdale this week.

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