“I’m really shocked that the city has made the decision to close the library on Friday and Saturdays,” resident June Connell said of the city’s proposal to close the Countryside Library on Fridays and Saturdays to save money. — From The St. Petersburg Times September 5, 2008, edition.

Hey city of Clearwater residents, particularly those who voted for Amendment 1! Here’s what the closings of the Clearwater library branches are paying for: For the sprinkler system to be turned on while four city workers lay chalk lines and even up the turf at the Drew Street sports complex, commencing at 6:00 a.m. weekdays.