Tarpon Springs zoning board enthusiastically hails gun range plan
TARPON SPRINGS| The city's Planning and Zoning Board members aren't among those who fear a nearly 60,000-square-foot indoor gun range will bring noise, pollution and the potential for violence to Tarpon Springs. They gave unanimous, even enthusiastic, support to the proposed range Monday night.
European Equities, a Clearwater development firm, wants to build Reload Gun Range at 40050 U.S. 19, on the west side of the highway north of Klosterman Road. Developers say it would be one of the largest and most advanced ranges in the Southeast and would draw customers from as far as an hour away.
The zoning board, which by law can consider only whether projects meet city code, followed a staff recommendation to unanimously recommend the project to the City Commission. Several board members and residents praised the proposal.
But at least a half-dozen individuals and organizations have called or emailed the city to voice objections, and one resident spoke against the project Monday.
The project comes before the City Commission for final approval April 15.
The Florida Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, which opposes the range, will host a public informational meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Tarpon Springs Community Center, 400 S Walton Ave.