n defense of the red-shirted ladies
This letter is in response to a letter published in the February 20 edition titled: “Well coached, but misinformed.”
The writer, Conchita Suarez, is the one who is misinformed not the red-shirted ladies.
Many women wore red shirts at the February 11 Council meeting because February was Heart Health Month, and red is a sign of passion as well.
Red-shirted ladies are all not against having a dog park. These ladies, along with many other residents, are against using a valuable piece of property for a dog park.
Red-shirted ladies know the property is designated for open park space. We don’t need Ms. Suarez to tell us the property will not be a site for a senior center.
The red-shirted ladies and many others do attend many wonderful senior events planned by the Community Center and the ASK Club. We invite Ms. Suarez to join us.
Those comfortable chairs and sofas Ms. Suarez describes are located on the second floor in the Adult Lounge. The lounge is utilized by many members of the Community Center, not only seniors.
If Ms. Suarez attended the events she would know that neither the chairs nor the sofas are that comfortable.
The informal observational study that was done to determine the utilization of the interim dog park was not done by one red-shirted lady, but by 25 concerned residents.
If Ms. Suarez read the bar chart, she would know that some dogs were present during the day: not many but they were there.
By the way, the Village Green is utilized by some people during the day. These are bikers, walkers and sitters walking children in carriages.
The Council spent over $130,000 on the interim dog park. Ms. Suarez will need to put up with the mud mess she describes. She is correct no more money should be spent on an interim dog park.
Red-shirted ladies all have minds of their own. No one coached them or any other residents. People do research, read and decide things for themselves. They gather facts and present these.
Red-shirted ladies do not need to be telephoned to remind them of anything. They are well aware of most issues in our community.
Yes, seniors participate along with other residents in the voting process. Seniors are a large block of voters. They exhibit their voting strength all over the country. That strength is not a threat.
Yes, upscale communities do have dog parks because they have ample space to accommodate dogs and their owners.
Key Biscayne is a small island and space is limited. We must be thoughtful in utilizing that limited space.
I don’t know why Hialeah doesn’t have a dog park. It really isn’t my business. I am not a resident of Hialeah.
Yes, upscale communities do have dog parks because they have ample space to choose from for dogs and their owners.
The red-shirted ladies and other residents are not emulating any community. We are concerned about our beautiful island we call home.
I believe 530 Crandon can be a beautiful park for all to enjoy.
With some creativity and cooperation we can assist our Council to find another suitable place for dogs and their owners.
Jo Ann Pisacana
That’s Miami Bridge
This is a multi-purpose letter.
First, I would like to say thank you to the many kind Key Biscayners who generously donated to the Miami Bridge gala, and a special thanks to those who attended and helped make it so successful. The Islander News is greatly appreciated for the stories about the Bridge.
Second is a clarification. Many of you know me from teaching bridge or directing duplicate bridge games. Please understand – I do not fundraise for poor bridge players. Miami Bridge is a shelter for abused and runaway children ages 10 to 17.
Third, every five years I promised the Bridge I would help raise funds by sky-diving. My next jump is June 20 in Homestead. I hope you will all support my efforts.
Director Emeritus, Miami Bridge
Farewell from Chief’s
Chief’s Seafood and Sushi Bar closed its door March 2.
Thirty-eight and a half years ago, Jeanne and Captain Harmon, fondly known as Chief, opened the store on the corner of Crandon Boulevard and McIntyre Street known as Chief’s Bait & Tackle. There they sold bait, tackle, fresh seafood and offered a hot cup of coffee to those early risers who showed up even before the birds were up. Captain Harmon was also a light tackle fishing guide, specializing in bone fishing. Chief was also the Key’s Santa Claus for many years. Sadly, Chief passed away in 1986.
In 1991, Jeanne moved Chief’s to the newly built Galleria Shopping Center and renamed it Chief’s Seafood, selling strictly seafood and doing away with the tackle. However, they did still carry shrimp and squid for bait. When sushi was becoming popular in 1995, Jeanne added a sushi bar to the store, now making it Chief’s Seafood Market and Sushi Bar. Chief’s was the only place on the Key for sushi until 2001.
Jeanne’s heart was in Key Biscayne. After Chief passed away, the people of Key Biscayne embraced her and gave her strength and courage to carry on without her beloved Chief. Jeanne was in the store seven days a week, normally from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. From peeling shrimp to washing the dishes, Jeanne loved her store with all her heart. She loved greeting her customers and keeping up friendships over the years. This was her legacy.
Jeanne retired from the store and moved to Coral Springs with her daughter and son-in-law two years ago. Because of the surveillance system in the store, the store could be accessed via internet and she could see the store from Coral Springs. She peeked in very frequently.
For the new residents of the Key in the past two years who didn’t know Jeanne, you missed a treasure. For all her long-time friends, she sends her love.
From Jeanne, her daughter Debbie, son-in-law Bob, and granddaughter Dawn, we say “Thank you for an amazing ride.” We will miss you.