BROOKSVILLE — Coffee aficionados will be able to get their caffeine buzz again from the Coffee Workshop, thanks to a vote of the County Commission on Wednesday.
The coffee stand had been operating in the parking lot of the flea market on the corner of U.S. 19 and Pine Forest Drive when county officials shut down the operation several weeks ago. The Planning and Zoning Commission denied owner James Stalter the conditional use permit he needed to operate the coffee shop.
Area residents rallied behind him by gathering petitions and pushing for a reconsideration, which commissioners agreed to hear Wednesday.
After the Planning and Zoning denial, Stalter met with county officials on ways to remedy the problems that were keeping his espresso maker turned off.
County planning staff members had cited problems with the traffic patterns in the parking lot where his stand stood. Also, he didn't have access to restrooms for his customers and staff, and he disposed of waste water by pouring it down drains in the parking lot.
Stalter said he had found a new site in the same parking lot and got permission to use the flea market's restrooms for customers and employees and to dispose of waste water.
County staffers also recommended that he close one of his two drive-through windows and that he obtain an electrical service permit.
Stalter told commissioners that he agreed with all the conditions but that he couldn't get the electrical permit until they granted him the conditional use permit. Commissioners voted unanimously to give him that permit with a two-year term.
He told commissioners he didn't realize when he moved his stand from Pasco to Hernando County that he had so many county rules he would have to follow even after getting his state permit to operate the business.
In other business:
• Commissioners rezoned a 98-acre parcel north of Centralia Road and east of U.S. 19 to allow horse uses in a planned residential development of 76
1-acre lots. The project by Brooksville Realtor Gary Schraut for the Lincoln Trust Co. was proposed for one public entrance and a secondary siren-activated entrance. Commissioners unanimously approved a revised plan that has one gated entrance, the emergency entrance, and private roads.
• The commission approved the master plan and rezoning for a 23.5-acre site on the west side of Emerson Road just south of Cortez Boulevard, which would include 96 rental apartments for families and 84 units for seniors in addition to space for a possible nursing home or adult living facility.
The commission approved the plan for the Richman Group of Florida Inc. in a 4-1 vote, with Diane Rowden voting no. She said the zoning was speculative and the roads could not handle more traffic. The site is near both Moton Elementary School and the Hernando Christian Academy.
Barbara Behrendt can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 848-1434.