DADE CITY — Pasco County commissioners unanimously denied plans for a Zephyrhills flea market after neighbors complained of a host of possible problems, including noise, crime, traffic and sanitation.
Interstate Homes asked for permission to open a flea market on slightly more than 12 acres at the northeast corner of State Road 54 and Lake Crystal Boulevard. The business would have included up to 160 vendors and would have been open four days a week. The company, which had permission to build 28 offices on the site, said it wanted to operate the flea market for two to three years until the economy recovers.
County staff had recommended approval with conditions.
But residents of nearby Crystal Lake, a manufactured home community for seniors, turned out in force Tuesday night to oppose it.
"We don't need a flea market," said Susan Harmon, who made a T-shirt that said "Please No Fleas."
"We don't want a flea market," she told commissioners. "Don't put a flea market next door to us, please."
One woman expressed concern about portable toilets and loitering.
In the end, the residents didn't have to do too much to persuade commissioners to reject the request for a conditional use permit.
"A conditional use is just that," said Commissioner Pat Mulieri. "We do not have to give that."