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Letter to the Editor: July 23, 2015

Published on: July 22, 2015

Dear Editor:

While I appreciated the article (July 16, 2015) on the security issues at Kings Point during the SCC Community Hall renovation, I believe it missed the most prominent issue.

Many times, for plays, dances, etc., tickets are purchased at the door. This is due to the fact that people are uncertain until the specific event whether they will feel up to attending, weather conditions (can I drive my golf cart because I don’t own a car?), conflicts canceled that end up freeing up the evening.

What this security issue presents is that you will almost have to have a ticket booth the day of the event outside of the gates or scenes of scalpers likened to sporting events on the corner of 674 and Kings Point entrance to allow people to purchase tickets for entry to the event.

I don’t believe Kings Point owners/renters pay the SCC dues of $256 per person, which supports the buildings and amenities of our complex. Sun City Center has been extremely lenient in affording our clubs to having Kings Point members and the use of our facilities for only the cost of club membership.    While it is gracious of Kings Point to open their building to SCC clubs and their members and guests at this time [while Community Hall is being renovated] — they are making it almost impossible for people to attend. Unfortunately, in this instance, Kings Point is not reciprocating any efforts towards those clubs.

If people advise the guard at the gate I am going to attend “xyz play” or “abc dance” and you post a second security guard after the entrance to the parking lots for the theater, you would know that this is truly their intent. Wouldn’t this better serve the clubs presenting the event and the security concerns of Kings Point in a more positive manner than what is currently happening?

We still have a long way to go until the Community Hall renovation is completed and many of these events count on the walk-in crowd for their success.

Please, people, let’s use some common sense in solving this problem, which is negatively impacting the success of these productions and events.

Sharon Buckel
Sun City Center