What Dunedin's Saying: Lyndhurst Street Neighborhood Watch

What do you think about the effort to create the Lyndhurst Street Neighborhood Watch, and what else can and should be done to help combat crime in the area?

Dunedin Patch's story last week about has gotten lots of attention from our readers.

Patch wrote about Stacy Rush and Donald DeVore and from crime and blight and about their recent National Night Out cookout, which got the attention of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

The story attracted plenty of insightful comments on Patch, and below are just a few of them.

What's your take? What do you think of the couple's efforts? What else can and should be done about problems in the area? Post your comment below.

: I live on Lyndhurst, I know exactly what you're talking about. I would love to support you, but it's because of the drug activity and the fact that we were recently robbed that I'm moving from this neighborhood. I wish you all well.

: Best of luck taking back the streets, unfortunately cuts in public safety services affect us all no matter where we live !

: Your efforts are appreciated but its not going to come to be. Dealers and the such are all over this area dealing at all hours. Criminals are always out everywhere at all hours...BUT NOT THE LE! There are NO sheriff patrols to hinder or stop it. This area we live in has always been scoffed at by the City of Dunedin as well as the LE. We have lived here a very long time and we are a forgotten part of Dunedin/Pinellas County.

: Good for you guys. Remember you won't please everyone, but don't give up and your goal will be there. One step at a time and have the attitude that it is already done. Good luck and prayers coming your way. From A neighbor in Dunedin.

: Lets get real....NO POINT IN WATCH without presence and actions of LE! This town has obviously kept quiet MANY, MANY armed home invasions, robberies etc that should make the news to let these scum know the LE is smarter than them...but NO...Not happening! Teams are great...but we can't take the law into our own hands.

: Stacy, I applaud and support what you're doing. No one is saying we give up. I just wish the city would do what's necessary as far a public safety service funding is concerned and not make excuses about why they were forced to make more cuts -- even in the face of an increasing need. It should always be a question of how much does it cost to keep us safe -- not how much money do we have. 

Brynn L August 14, 2012 at 01:21 PM
I believe there were more than 45 comments...They all need to be posted here...They all need to be sent to the City of Dunedin Commissioners, candidates, Sheriffs Office and anyone who can get anything done. As has been stated...THE SOUTHSIDE is a forgotten, forsaken part of Dunedin. They cut back on public safety for a piece of garbage city logo that robbed the city of $73K...This area encompassing Patricia Ave from Union down to Douglas and up Milwaukee to Lyndhurst is a crime and drug ridden area. Kings Highway is a huge problem as is Union Street West of Milwaukee. Drug deals occur here like the sun rising and setting. I saw a comment where someone had said he always sees sheriffs and their dogs...Another comment was that these robberies make the Tampa Bay Times...What about Bay News 9...What about the Sheriffs Website! I have a friend who said their street had a armed home invasion on it in January and they saw LE for about 2 weeks now nothing. I agree. Paying our taxes and no protection. These thugs are smarter than the sheriffs...What can be done? That question would be better posed to the authorities who have some power to do things! Not citizens who for over 10 years have been trying to rid this area of garbage and stay safe and have gotten nowhere! Dunedin trying to hide its dirty little issues to keep revenue from tourists coming in....Too much money been invested in "downtown" and we have gone by the wayside...
Ron Paar August 14, 2012 at 02:04 PM
I have only lived in Dunedin for about 2 years now, and I can see what you are referring to. There should be some attention paid to these areas, as it is still DUNEDIN...a Neighborhood Watch is a good idea, but, being part of one once, it is dangerous. We don't get paid to protect our neighborhood, LE does, and they need to step up their efforts!
Sue Barbee August 14, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Brynn, you've hit the nail on the head! We should not be the red-headed stepchildren of Dunedin! We pay taxes too and would like to see our hard earned money at work.....
Brynn L August 14, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Thanks Sue. Appears as if we are those stepchildren. Also very obvious by all the comments the tax paying citizens get it...The only ones that don't get it are PCSO as well as the city...That being said..Hey, PCSO and CIty of Dunedin...What are you going to do about this MAJOR problem!? And when? When are you going to stop pouring money into the sitting areas for local restaurants, stop paying design firms for simpleton, meaningless logos, and stop putting all your efforts and money into downtown? Our tax dollars in the Southside are going to the Northside...This is a great place to vent but what goods it going to do!? The only sheriff presence I have seen is when the helicopters are flying over our street with their spotlites on my yard looking for ANOTHER CRIMINAL who has eluded them! So sick of the politics of this area! Time to vote...DIFFERENTLY!
Lori August 14, 2012 at 06:09 PM
I agree with everyones comments and there are plenty of them on this blog as well as more on the intial blog. We on the Southside are DESERTED IN DUNEDIN! I reached out to a couple board members in re to the crime as well as street lights that work on and off, streets that are in disrepair, and the basic FACT that ALL the beautification is nowhere in our area. I was actually told "oh yes it is I was down your street a while ago"... I guess the city feels that a few Crape Myrtles on Patricia Ave should keep us happy and feeling as if our tax dollars are at work. HA! Any comments Dunedin or sheriffs office Pinellas County?
Sonya August 14, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Sadly, the crime will only continue to creep north. I've lived here for a year and a half - we chose Dunedin because it seemed like a great place to raise a family. I stopped feeling safe a few months ago when I heard a helicopter swirling above (the drug incident near the stadium), less than a mile from my house. A week or so prior to that, someone had been stabbed at knifepoint in downtown behind the Smokehouse, practically in sight of the PCSO sub station! Dunedin is adored by many but I fear, sadly, the thugs will take over. Unfortunately, I can't say that my family and I are willing to stick around and hope things get better. The city will lose good citizens if they let crime continue.
Kathy Noury August 15, 2012 at 02:14 AM
I was just enlighted about this area, which is a shame. I was looking @ condos in the area, however, now will look elsewhere.
Maggy Mae August 15, 2012 at 11:12 PM
You have to keep greasing the wheel, neighbors. With clickfix there is an online, published record for all to see of your complaints and what happens or doesn't happen. Same with CrimeStoppers. They both work, but you have to be persistent! http://seeclickfix.com/pinellas_county 4 Ways to Provide Tip Information Anonymously: 1-800-873-TIPS (24-hour tip line) Online at CrimeStoppersofPinellas.org iPhones, iPads, and Droid phones can download TipSubmit Mobile, a FREE App From your cell phone: Text keyword TIP144, plus your message to CRIMES (274637
Brynn L August 16, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Persistence? I've been at this for years! Thugs are winning! City and cops aren't interested...These blogs are as far as actions/words are going to go...
Brynn L August 22, 2012 at 01:19 PM
WOW! Can you believe ALL the NON EXISTENT LEOs patrolling since this??!!
Stacy Rush November 30, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Lyndhurst street disbanded watch because Sheriff said he sees no crime on southside. If his men do not see drug deals then no one is dealing drugs. Must be poke mon cards they are selling. And nothing odd about ice cream truck after 7pm only ones buying ice cream are poke mon sellers.


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