Lack of cultural events will kill DeLand
Editor, The Beacon:
In the Beacon article “Desire for smaller, less-expensive government unites County Council,” the County Council’s cost-savings goals did not mention the decision to stop contributions to cultural groups.
Without cultural events, you will kill the town.
When people come to theaters, museums or art fairs, they also go to our restaurants and stores. They eat dinner before going to the theater; they shop in our stores when they visit all the booths at the art fair.
After the contributions to cultural groups stop, the only entertainment will be jumping out of airplanes and hoping the parachute opens.
When I moved here, Stetson University had a carillon. It played beautiful music. It was destroyed by a hurricane.
Now there is only the mausoleum with former Stetson President and Mrs. Hulley buried there.
Tiger the tugboat is not a cultural venue. It is more like the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. Tiger is a symbol of the important part of the role that Volusia County played in World War II. The Tiger does not belong on your list of items to cut funding from. Never forget our history.
People won’t want to move to DeLand if there are no cultural venues.
Good, we’ve overbuilt and killed too many trees. The traffic is horrible. There’s hardly anywhere to park.
Go ahead, kill the town. Make it a mausoleum.
Ruth Ann Fay