Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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Zephyrhills gives initial approval to annexing 24-acre mobile home park

ZEPHYRHILLS — The City Council narrowly approved the first reading of an annexation proposal Monday after two members said they want more information about how bringing additional properties into the city limits will impact resources.

For more than a year, the council has given the green light to dozens of annexation proposals brought forward by City Manager Jim Drumm, who wants to fill in odd pockets and enclaves in the city's boundaries. In some cases, one side of a street is in the city and the other side is in the county — a situation that makes providing services a challenge, officials have explained.

The latest annexation request involves a roughly 24-acre mobile home park, Valleydale, with roughly 200 residents during the winter season, near Fort King and Daughtery roads at the northwest end of the city.

Council President Lance Smith and council member Ken Burgess said they want to see more details about how such large annexations will affect the city, especially the impact on emergency services.

Smith said he wants more data comparing the cost of annexing to the revenue it brings in. Drumm agreed to provide such information with future requests.

Police Chief David Shears and Fire Chief Verne Riggall each said the Valleydale annexation would not overly tax their departments. Council member Charlie Proctor said that while he agrees with Smith and Burgess, he was comfortable voting for the annexation after hearing from the chiefs.

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