As far as it goes, everyone always have their opinions on things. I appreaciate that. However I'm not going to follow most of them, because i would end up constantly changing and fixing some things, what would waste my time. Sorry. The site design is based on the dev team presentational material. I think it looks good, and will look even better after few fixes i'm going to do. If dev team is happy with it, i'm happy to. On a side i can tell you that i'm planning to do a diferent designs for subsites as well. And all of them including my current front page one is done thinking of SEO to.
If any one of you who thinks he can do better than what i did, I think he should join the competition.