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Don't forget hockey in sports tourism push

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Pasco County commissioners recently approved a 20-field regional sports park but they have missed out one important sport and that is hockey. There is at the present time a 20-team league of high school teams that have to play in three arenas widely spread around Tampa Bay.

There are some 400 teen-agers playing hockey in this area. This sports park needs a hockey arena to make it anywhere near a premier sports park.

Where do these high school hockey players learn to play hockey?

Minor-league hockey is non-existent in this area and should be organized to play in this arena. The county could even consider a twin arena to provide two playing services. Do it right the first time Pasco.

Art Wilkins, Port Richey

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I note that the normal fee for parking at Starkey Park was rescinded during the recent Eco-Fest event.

I think it would be great if Pasco County also rescinded fees for veterans wishing to enjoy county parks.

Charles Huhtanen, Port Richey

Hollywood Tours

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My wife and I were among the group of shocked customers of Hollywood Tours. However, we managed to get our money back, salvage our canceled trip and thought might be of interest to share how we did it.

We were scheduled for a two-day and one-night night trip on Nov. 17 with Hollywood Tours from New Port Richey to the Immokalee Seminole Casino. The trip included a one night stay at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Fort Myers and $60 free play and two $5 meal vouchers at the casino.

On Nov. 15, we were notified by a late-afternoon recorded phone call from Hollywood Tours that the company was no longer in business, our trip was canceled and there was no mention of a refund. After several unsuccessful attempts to contact them at disconnected phone numbers and visiting the closed office the same day, I called my credit card company which reimbursed us the total cost of the trip and said they would seek recovery from the tour company.

After getting over our disappointment, we decided to drive to the destination if we could get the same package that came with the original scheduled tour.

We contacted the Holiday Inn hotel manager, explained the circumstances and received a 50 percent rate discount. We then contacted the casino's group tours coordinator and were offered $50 in free play for both of us and two $12 food vouchers.

After our arrival Nov. 17, the hotel gave us a complimentary night's stay for our bad experience.

We got our money back and we had a great time. If you are mad as hell and won't take it anymore, but have a positive attitude, it's possible to get your money back. Also we found when driving is an option, contacting the scheduled hotel and other service providers and requesting the same perks offered in the original tour package can result in a happy ending.

Dr. Edward A. Coates, New Port Richey

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