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A couple of years ago Penrod's made the decision to stop catering to the pros and start educating the community about beach volleyball by promoting it within local corporations, schools, and organizations. Why? Because regardless of what Mr. Barrere said in your article, Penrod's is committed to the sport of beach volleyball, but we are not committed to just a few pros.

As to sifting the sand for tournaments, our courts are raked to twelve inches below the surface. Penrod's volleyball courts were voted number one by New Times. So what makes Mr. Barrere an expert?

When we opened the club at First Street, we did not remove any courts from Tenth Street, and yes, we did not ask for Mr. Barrere's help, basically because I never knew he existed. If he was such an integral part of developing beach volleyball in South Beach, why hasn't he ever met with me or our marketing department? It just doesn't make sense. He refers to making a deal with Debbie Penrod. There is no such person. The Debbie he is probably referring to is Debbie Marsh.

Regarding the conflict between Penrod's and corporate sponsors that Mr. Barrere mentioned in the article, most of the sponsors demand that their product be sold exclusively at Penrod's for a certain amount of time (usually three to six months to a year). We cannot legally afford to make these types of deals.

Penrod's is not the only entity that is trying to turn beach volleyball into a profit-making venture. Everybody you quoted in your article - the pros, the organizers, the sponsors, the associations - are in the business to make a profit. The difference is that Penrod's is here to stay. We have 35 more years on our lease and we are not interested, like most of these organizers, in making a "quick buck." We are committed to making Miami Beach the home of beach volleyball in South Florida by educating our youngsters in this wholesome, fun, and sexy sport of the Nineties.

Robert A. Penrod
Miami Beach

OFFICER GAGGED, WIFE SPEAKS
I am writing to you about your stories "Cops, Crimes, and Videotape" parts one and two (April 24 and July 31) to clarify several mistaken facts and to enlighten your readers on new facts not covered. I can probably inform you most accurately about this case since Coral Gables Police Officer Alan Davis is my husband. Unfortunately Officer Davis could not respond to your article due to a direct order from his supervisors forbidding him from making statements to the press.

On October 31, 1990, Officer Davis did take a videotape away from Guillermo Casulo, which contained alleged footage of a DUI arrest of Nancy Frost, and erased it in a dash-mounted video camera in his patrol car. What your article failed to state was that the Internal Affairs investigation revealed that no force or "tug of war" took place, and two independent witnesses, along with Officer Davis, stated that Mr. Casulo voluntarily gave the tape to him with the understanding that it was going to be erased.

Also, a supervisor not only was notified, but was present at the time of the incident. As Capt. Alan R. Headley stated in part two of your article, "Videotape as it relates to police matters is really a whole new area." Officer Davis did what he thought best without the intent to violate any person's rights.

One of your sources in the first article about this case was attorney Michael Catalano. The facts you reported involving the controversy with Mr. Catalano, Judge Harvey Baxter, and Judge Calvin Mapp, speak for themselves. It is obvious that Mr. Catalano will stop at nothing to discredit Officer Davis, since he has been unsuccessful in two court cases against him.

Officer Davis established the Coral Gables DUI Task Force and dedicated his own blood, sweat, and tears to make it the best. He was tired of seeing innocent people killed and maimed by drunk drivers, and would only strive for perfection in an untiring effort to make our highways safer for everyone. Not only was he the driving force that kept the task force running smoothly but he spent his own time educating others of the dangers of drinking and driving, and the apprehension of persons who didn't learn from his lessons and chose to drink and drive.

Officer Davis submitted his resignation from the DUI Task Force due to the negative publicity given to the unit he worked so hard to establish. He felt this move would allow the task force to continue aggressively enforcing DUI laws without him. This unfortunately was not the case. Since his resignation, case after case has been let go, including a traffic accident involving a drunk driver who seriously injured another person and was never tested or arrested for the crime. I just hope that the next victim of a drunk driver is not anyone who caused my husband to resign from the DUI Task Force.

Leila Davis
Miami

THEY'RE NURSES, AND THEY'RE PISSED OFF
I would like to make one point perfectly clear in regard to your article about the collective-bargaining unit for registered nurses at Jackson Memorial Hospital ("Labor Pains," July 31): The nurses are not "flinging the doors wide open" for an AFL-CIO union to come in and represent us. Many nurses, like myself, are totally opposed to the idea of a trade union representing a profession.

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