I have to object to Lucy Izon's reference in "On Budget at Expo 88" (Dec. 27)-- . . . "the high-rise jungle known as Surfers Paradise." I am a former resident of Australia's Surfers Paradise and an official of its chamber of commerce and progress association.
In the early '60s, we defined the boundaries of this leading Australian resort. So many people wanted to visit there that house and land values soared and the influx of visitors could only be catered to by high-rise hotels and condominiums. At the same time, attractive housing estates were created with an abundance of tropical trees and flowers adjacent to a wide and meandering river. Also, first-class shops and restaurants were built.
Today, with leading hotels, shopping center, numerous fashion shops, florists and car-rental operations, Surfers Paradise has all the ingredients for a happy vacation, plus a wide, white-sand beach on the South Pacific.
J. R. HINCHLEY