Unsolicited delivery of Daily Sun newspapers causes security issues

A resident claims the unsolicited delivery of free copies of The Village’s Daily Sun has caused safety concerns in his neighborhood.

Mark Rhodes, who lives at Cameron Villas in the village of Calumet Grove, took his concerns to the Amenity Authority Committee Wednesday in the Savannah Center.

He said the Daily Sun has delivered free newspapers to homes in his condominium. He said that’s concerning because many of the recipients are snowbirds. The newspapers pile up by the homes and send a clear signal that no one is home.

“How would a resident know that newspapers are piling up when they haven’t subscribed and they don’t know they’re being delivered?” Rhodes asked members of the AAC.

Rhodes said he contacted the Daily Sun, but was told the papers would continue to be delivered because they have been paid for by a sponsor.

Rhodes said he discovered Lexus of Wesley Chapel was sponsoring deliveries of the magazines. He attempted to contact Lexus of Wesley Chapel with his concerns, but was similarly dismissed.

The nine-year resident of Cameron Villas said it is not the usual Daily Sun drivers in the morning who deliver the free newspapers, but rather a second driver who delivers later in the day.

Rhodes was also concerned that more work is being created for Community Watch by drivers picking up and removing the papers. However, Community Watch Director Nehemiah Wolfe said his agency does not have an agreement to pick up the unwanted papers.

AAC chairwoman Donna Kempa said the AAC has no authority over the delivery of free newspapers by the Daily Sun.

“It’s a commercial enterprise. We have no control over it,” Kempa said. “I really don’t know why the Daily Sun would spend the money to deliver newspapers to people who don’t want them.”

AAC member Don Deakin said there had been complaints in the past about the Daily Sun supplying the free newspapers.

– This is not the first time we have heard about this. We’ve heard about it from other residents, who pick up the papers from homes in the neighborhood, Deakin says.

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