Sunday, June 24, 2018
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Pasco County sues motocross star Chad Reed over Dade City area racetrack

DADE CITY — As promised, Pasco County commissioners have sued motocross star Chad Reed over a 24-acre racetrack, saying he broke county rules by continuing to use it after he transferred it to his children's trust to avoid being cited for violating a prior agreement with the county.

"Use of motocross tracks requires a conditional use," assistant county attorney Kristi Sims wrote in a complaint. "No conditional use exists for this property. Despite this, the defendants continue to ride, or allow others to ride, motorbikes and go-carts on the motocross tracks of the property. Defendant Chad Reed acknowledges he continues to, and will continue, to engage in this activity on the property."

Reed counters in his response that his track is legitimate for a number of reasons, including that it is not a commercial venture and that original zoning rules from 2004 when his track was approved allowed such tracks on property with Reed's type of zoning. He said that the current zoning administrator reinterpreted the rules to exclude Reed's track, which sits between Dade City and Zephyrhills.

County Judge William Sestak held a hearing last week but did not decide whether to grant a temporary injunction to stop Reed from operating the track until the case can be tried.

Reed's track has caused controversy since 2004 when he received county approval for two indoor tracks on 4 acres, which allowed as many as three riders at one time. But in 2009 he began building a third course — dirt tracks and jumps meandering through 11 acres — without going back to the county. That's when he sought the conditional use permit, which commissioners granted in exchange for limiting the hours of operation. But neighbors complained that he violated the rules, causing noise at all hours. That led commissioners to re-examine the permit. But Reed at the last minute avoided a showdown by transferring the property to his children's trust. That revoked the permit, but neighbors complained that racing continued there. That prompted commissioners to sue.

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