Solicit input on City Island center
Wednesday night the Daytona Beach City Commission delayed a vote to demolish the Orange Avenue Recreational Center for two months. In the interim, they are going to put out an a Request for Proposal) to renovate the building, to get a sense of the true cost to restore it to a useful state — although city staff was confident that their number of $209,000 would bring it into compliance with city standards, but nothing more.
If they are serious about saving this piece of history, rather than rush to RFP, they should form a committee of citizens, staff, and a commissioner to request and review proposals for use. There may be private entities who need time to develop suitable business plans in a bid to partner with the city. City staff may need time to fully assess its usefulness as a senior center. It will take time and thought to explore possible grant funds and the requirements they would place on renovation, restoration, or use.
I would like to see it used for senior activities during the weekdays, community meetings on weekday evenings, and special events on weekends. But mainly, I would like the process to allow for a thorough, thoughtful evaluation in full sunshine.
Rushing to RFP without a final purpose in mind makes no sense.
Anne Ruby, Daytona Beach
— Ruby was a recent candidate for Daytona Beach City Commission.
Peace and work
As angry and scared as many of us are, seeing the direction our country and the world is moving towards, one must focus on solutions, admit past mistakes and hopefully prevent a genocidal world holocaust. That is where we are heading with fanatical beliefs on all sides, including recent police tactics in Texas and Washington, quashing the voices of sanity.
Everyone’s stated goal is “world peace,” as we all arm to the hilt and reactivate nuclear arsenals. The road to peace is not war but justice and understanding.
I have no idea what is going on in Africa but dollars to donuts it’s the rich against the poor. In other words, overpopulation because of poor education and dastardly unjust distribution of wealth. A witches brew for disaster confronting the entire world!
Bombs will solve problems only (maybe) temporarily. Justice and education are the only hope.
We are all on this speck of dust together. Rich or poor, the potential disaster will not discriminate.
We should be doing what Franklin D. Roosevelt did to give the unemployed employment, dignity and income, while improving our country with worthwhile needed projects. Our youth trained as builders, rather than killers, would benefit us all. Dreamer? Why not?
Support our troops! Bring our youth home, alive, now. Not in body bags.
Walter DeYoung, Port Orange