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Wisnewski: Restrictions should stay in place in Sun City

Posted 3/5/21

This is in response to your story on changes sought for Lakeview park (“Changes sought for RCSC visitor restrictions,” Sun City Independent, Feb. 17, 2021).

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Wisnewski: Restrictions should stay in place in Sun City

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This is in response to your story on changes sought for Lakeview park (“Changes sought for RCSC visitor restrictions,” Sun City Independent, Feb. 17, 2021).

I strongly disagree that we need to relieve restrictions.

I am a resident who lives in the neighborhood of Lakeview. I pay the annual dues, and I do not want to see the neighborhood and our nice rec centers abused and wrecked by non-residents coming in and helping themselves.

Remember, we pay to live in here. We pay for every amenity, we bought in here because we wanted the nice amenities and pleasant surroundings. 

I do not want the Lakeview park gates open for non-residents to come in here and use the amenities. That should be an easy one for Recreation Centers of Sun City officials. Is it not in our community documents?

I also think RCSC needs to also be careful about allowing so-called guests to come in and use without a permission, voucher and a fee, and it needs to be limited. I believe in the fee. The place is more than 60 years old, and we have to keep up the property, just like your own home. You have to pay to keep your own home looking nice as well.

My husband and I keep seeing non-residents using the lake to do fishing in the early evenings when we take walks. They just pull right in to Lakeview and help themselves. They where doing that with the Hillside Park until the gate was installed. We saw non-resident families pulling in and trying to use the park for a barbecue and picnicking.

We just had some bums come into Lakeview a couple of weeks ago and deface the men’s bathroom. The bathroom has been recently renovated and is very nice inside and some criminal comes in and defaces the restroom. What next?

The problem over here is that you got deadbeats begging for money on Grand Avenue right down the street, and some people are giving these guys money, and these guys are all in the area. 

The surrounding community has degraded and you do have a lot of poverty around. That will continue to be an issue. RCSC needs to address the issue a bit more. More cameras and maybe Posse personnel on the rec center properties past 6 p.m. every night may help. Sun City West and Sun City Grand all have security in place to protect the community from non-residents helping themselves.

Sorry to the person who is complaining, but that is why we moved in here in the first place, and if living in this kind of community does not suit you, you can sell and go live in a non-regulated area. I do think the guest pass issue should be strongly monitored as well.

Elinor Wisnewski

Sun City

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