Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Neighbors of proposed gun range in Tarpon Springs say bring it on

TARPON SPRINGS — About 100 residents of the Stonehedge Mobile Home Park Wednesday applauded plans for an indoor gun range proposed for property next door to the 265-home community.

Reload Gun Range, a nearly 60,000-square-foot facility slated for 40050 U.S. 19, on the west side of the highway north of Klosterman Road, is being touted as one of the largest and most advanced in the Southeast. It would be bordered by Stonehedge on the west and south.

Construction and architecture representatives for the developer, European Equities of Clearwater, laid out their concept during Stonehedge's homeowners association meeting and answered residents' questions about construction, safety, noise, traffic, pollution, pricing, range security and more.

Several residents of the 55-and-up community told the Tampa Bay Times they are happy that the range will replace a vacant and dilapidated motel and restaurant, increasing neighborhood safety and generating tax revenue.

Their reaction was in stark contrast to opinions expressed during a meeting the night before, where a handful of Tarpon residents argued with several range supporters and said the facility might spark violence or destroy the town's quaint character.

The City Commission will consider final approval of the gun range on April 15.

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