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Pasco to sue international motocross racer Chad Reed over backyard track

DADE CITY — Concerned that racing is continuing at a backyard track despite orders that it stop, Pasco County commissioners agreed Tuesday to sue international motocross racer Chad Reed.

Reed, who lives in gated Lake Jovita, has been tangling with the county since 2004, when he received approval for two indoor tracks on 4 acres between Dade City and Zephyrhills. The agreement 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.

Neighbors later complained, saying that Reed was ignoring the rules and racing outside the agreed-upon hours and had added go-carts, which were not part of the agreement.

In March, commissioners were set to revoke the permit, but Reed beat them to the punch by transferring ownership to his children's trust.

County staff now says the racing continues despite the fact that the permit is dissolved.

"The county contends this use violates the zoning regulations, and that such use is ongoing," senior assistant county attorney Kristi Sims wrote in a memo.

The estimated cost of the litigation is expected to be $3,000 to $5,000, the memo said.

Pasco to sue international motocross racer Chad Reed over backyard track 04/23/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 1:44pm]
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