Plan a boon for Hernando Beach
Hernando Beach is built on an old lime rock mining site and is a dredge and fill type of development of canals with residential/commercial lots that have gulf access. It has a small commercial strip along Shoal Line Boulevard and Calienta Street. There is no beach despite its name.
I have lived in Hernando Beach for over 20 years and seen it slowly grow residentially; it is still less than 60 percent built out. Sadly our small businesses, even the marinas, continue to struggle to draw customers. The land rezoning and plans for the tourist/nature development here in Hernando Beach, I think, are a wonderful concept and their addition to Hernando Beach will have very positive results.
There is a very small elevated outdoor stage/amphitheater that overlooks a 1-acre grassy area. It would be a great place for a venue such as the Hernando Symphony Orchestra to play or to hold a fundraiser event, etc.
The county's staff report placed 28 performance conditions on the owners prior to and in conjunction with the rezoning and development including adhering to flood plain management, low impact development techniques, a traffic study and any improvements required by the increase in traffic along Shoal Line and Calienta.
The owners live in Hernando Beach and have a passion for this area just as we do. They have agreed to all of these performance strictures and are planning on building green with the goal of providing a place for more eco-tourists to enjoy our Weeki Wachee Preserve and our nature coast.
It appears to me that some Hernando Beach residents will automatically fight any development that can bring change to where they live, but change will come. We cannot stop these future changes, so let us make sure that they are done with the end goal of being an asset to our community. I honestly believe that this project fulfills that goal and is a good one for both Hernando Beach and Hernando County.
Gladys Moore, Hernando Beach
A boondoggle for Hernando Beach
The majority of folks calling Hernando Beach home are furious that their community is under assault by recently arrived developers and their 30.95 acre commercial rezoning attempt. This rezoning of agricultural and wetlands will forever change the tranquil nature of this rare, old Florida residential community.
The developers envision turning residential Hernando Beach into a tourist attraction with an estimated $8 million investment of taxpayer dollars. It is not a tourist destination. The publicly funded tourist facility will be adjacent to and funnel business directly into the developers' private enterprise, Blue Pelican Marina and their proposed 42 unit lodging concept.
While the developers' plans and sales models for this venture are lovely, it is simply the wrong project in the wrong place. A much more logical site for the tourism center is at the soon to be remediated Osowaw sewage treatment plant, a well-located 16-acre site in front of the main entrance to the Weeki Wachee Nature Preserve.
Residents are justifiably outraged that their tranquil village will become inundated by an ill-conceived development project. They are angry that their tax dollars are being used to further this commercial intrusion. Their concerns include overstressed utilities, deadly roads, noise and light pollution, litter, chaotic canals and seawall damage, environmental and wetlands destruction, a towering 55-foot amphitheater and other commercial intrusion.
If approved as planned, this development will forever harm Hernando Beach. This ill-conceived project must be stopped.
Forrest Bennett, Hernando Beach
Community support would boost high school ROTC April 13, letter
Funds still there for JROTC
I do agree that the students in Air Force Junior ROTC do make an extra commitment to maintain high standards and desire the respect and support of the community, but the funding for the programs have not been cut as badly as the letter would have you believe.
I am not sure what was said at Springstead High's Awards Program that led people to believe the funding has been cut. There was a cut in operational and maintenance funding (office supplies, name tags, etc.) but the program received the same amount of money for uniforms, food for field days or trips that was received in previous years, and curriculum material was not impacted.
My husband is the Senior Air Force JROTC instructor at Hernando High School. They received funds for new uniforms, the dry cleaning of uniforms for the Color Guard and Drill Team before each drill meet they attended. The Air Force is still providing funds to pay the same portion of the instructor's salary as they always have. Possibly there was a misunderstanding about funds for the program, but to be soliciting contributions and saying they are not getting funds is a black eye to the JROTC programs and the U.S. government.
Sally W. Crigger, Spring Hill
Hernando considers school closings
School system like a sinking ship
This is amazing. If the school superintendent, School Board and principals ran a private enterprise, at this stage, they would all be fired.
So, their choice seems to be just watching how the ship is sinking.
Federico G. Wolter, Brooksville