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Nature, not development, is Nature Coast's best resource

Project given partial okay Jan. 29 article

Nature remains our best resource

The rule of holes requires that when you find your self in a hole, that you stop digging. The hole Pasco County finds itself in is too many (way too many) homes. And, too many permits for more new homes cascade over the horizon. Study after study finds that development ( i.e. more houses) does not pay for itself.

A bigger hole is development in the high impact zone along our coast line. Houses there and the risk associated with them, sooner our later cost all of us in insurance premiums. So, why approve the proposed domestic development of the SunWest Mine property as written? Please, stop digging!

Approval of yet more new homes is supported by commissioners like Ann Hildebrand, who never met a developer she did not like. Here are alternatives to using the tourist tax dollars that seem to vex the Pasco commissioners: Use that same money to negotiate, over time, as necessary, to acquire the Sun West property.

How can we get heads in beds? What is our most important asset? More homes? Another golf course? Should we build a marina for few big boats? Or, is it nature? We call ourself the Nature Coast. Why? Simply because nature is our most important resource (if you don't actually live here). I propose we contract with private industry on the eastern side of the property to build a state-of-the-art water park. Similar parks well north of us are only open about 100 days of the year. The best water parks draw between 500,000 and a million visitors a year. Many of those visitors are international. Tennis anyone? Softball? Not hardly! Please consider the following, most of which will minimally impact the nature of the Nature Coast:

There is ample room on the eastern part of the property for future recreational (ballparks, etc.). Grants can be secured to remove non-native vegetation and replace it with native plants while employing Pasco residents. And, thematic development will create much more employment.

The multiple freshwater lakes on the property can be used to host state, regional, and local bass fishing tournaments and attract ramp launch fees daily. West of the Old Dixie Highway (old U.S. 19), we should establish a county park with a fee-for-launch marina for shallow draft boats only that will support multiple local, state, and regional redfish, grand slam, and other inshore fishing tournaments that will attract very profitable multiple heads to beds venues.

Used wisely, the SunWest property can support guided fishing, kayaking, hiking trails, photo expeditions, equine trails, cave diving, a Florida wildlife sanctuary, and so more without using one more drop of water. Multiple springs exist on the property. A large, clear saltwater lake that can support a fishing pier and swimming beaches awaits public attention. There is so much more we can do there. If we act now, we can promote, attract and preserve the best of what makes us the Nature Coast before we give it away for short-term profit. This is where we live. This is our children's future. Act now to save it. More homes, a fat cat marina, and yet another golf course will not save this county from itself. Speak up for nature on the Nature Coast!

F. Rydzik, New Port Richey

Dentist filling a need Feb. 5 article

Freebies promote irresponsibility

Again, we see overweight people getting free dental care. I also noticed previously the obese people (including a child) getting free Christmas gifts/food from a detective in Pasco. If these overweight/obese people cut their food bill by two-thirds, they might actually have money to pay for everything that the bleeding hearts are giving them for free.

Their problems are self-made, then they are rewarded with free stuff.

When is personal responsibility ever going to make a comeback in America? Why should children study in school or adults get a job, when there are freebies out there for the irresponsible people?

Carmen Blakely, Lutz

Tax fireworks in place of thwarted regulation Jan. 31 C.T. Bowen column

Take this issue to lawmakers

We have been working on getting some law enforcement on this fireworks issue for months. We live in Old Homosassa (Citrus County) and we have a home in Weeki Wachee (Hernando County) and in both locations, we get bombarded by not just fireworks, but huge explosive devices. This should not be allowed, especially in populated areas.

No law enforcement agency is willing to do anything.

One mortar went through our roof in Weeki Wachee on July 4, 2009. We are aware of the injuries to the little girl as well. In Homosassa, an errant mortar just missed hitting my husband on our deck and exploded in the river. Our house shakes and we feel in personal danger in our own home. Not to mention what it does to our dogs.

This will not get fixed until the public is made aware of what is going on, and puts pressure on state legislators.

Terri Auner, Homosassa

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Nature, not development, is Nature Coast's best resource 02/09/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 10:01pm]
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