DADE CITY — Pasco County commissioners won a battle in the war against motocross star Chad Reed and his practice tracks that have drawn complaints from neighbors for at least four years.
County Judge William Sestak recently granted a temporary injunction barring Reed from operating a meandering outdoor track on the property, which sits halfway between Dade City and Zephyrhills. Reed lives in the gated community of Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club.
Reed remains free to operate two indoor tracks, but county attorney Jeffrey Steinsnyder said the judge could revisit that when the county files for a permanent injunction against Reed.
Reed and the county have been sparring since 2004 when he received Pasco's 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 a conditional use permit, which commissioners granted in exchange for limiting the hours of operation.
But neighbors complained that he violated the rules and caused 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. That prompted commissioners to sue Reed.
Reed countered 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.