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Oak Sound proposal turns a dream into a nightmare

Published Oct. 9, 2005

Editor: Excuse me! I just woke up. I've been sleeping for about eight years apparently.

I dreamed land west of U.S. 19 was flood land, and no construction was allowed. I also dreamed about a major "no-name" storm on March 13. Shoal Line Boulevard was a canal with about 4 feet of water, and people were using boats for transport.

I also dreamed that insurance companies were canceling property insurance, not writing new policies and even leaving the state because of heavy losses. I dreamed that all policy holders could expect big premium increases because of the extensive damage.

Also in my dream we had a water shortage because of heavy usage and below-normal rainfall for a couple of years. This nightmare also included moving animals because their habitat was disturbed. Large concrete areas, i.e., shopping malls, parking lots, homes, all contributed to the maze we were in trying to solve landfill problems, waste disposal and sinkholes and provide safe water.

Boy, was I glad to wake up from this nightmare and read about the Oak Sound development! What a bonanza this will be. But to whom?

What is real and what is a dream turning into a nightmare? Who will benefit and how many are receiving payoffs? It is time to wake up.

Roberta Minix

Spring Hill

Palm trees welcome in Daytona Beach

Editor: I fully agree with Edward J. Heckler and his letter in the July 10 Hernando Times, regarding palm trees in Hernando County, and specifically Northcliffe Boulevard in Spring Hill.

I am chairman of the Seven Hills Advisory Committee. We were in the process of obtaining approval from the Seven Hills Homeowners Association, to proceed with obtaining permission from the county, to plant palm trees along the median of Mariner Boulevard from the YMCA to County Line Road. We were going to purchase the trees in conjunction with Tom Troisi and the Northcliffe project. Together we could get a real good buy.

The very morning of our monthly meeting, the article came out in the newspaper that the Northcliffe project was turned down by the county commissioners based on advice from attorney Bruce Snow and engineer Charles Mixson. In case you missed Mr. Heckler's July 10 letter, the overriding objection was the fear of lawsuits against the county, and secondly, the line-of-site obstructions posing a safety hazard to motorists.

Two weeks ago, I was in Daytona Beach and drove on two boulevards with palm trees along the median strip. What a beautiful site! The trees were about 50 feet apart and you could see oncoming traffic on the other side of the median for quite a distance. There certainly was no line-of-site hazard that I could see.

It also was comforting to know that should a driver on the other side of the median lose control of his car and cross the median, he or she just might hit one of the trees instead of me. I happened to drive on one of the boulevards later that evening and it was amazing how much the trees cut down the glare of headlights coming toward me.

As Ed said, we can conjure up all sorts of situations for and against the trees. I obviously am for the trees. I think they beautify and add value to the community and the safety they provide far exceeds any hazards they may present.

As for lawsuits against the county, I suppose anything is possible these days. But isn't that one of the reasons we have Mr. Snow?

Now, commissioners, I believe that Mr. Snow and Mr. Mixson were only doing their jobs in advising you of the possibility of lawsuits. However, that doesn't mean that you have to base your entire decision on such negative possibilities.

I hope you use your own discretion and see fit to reconsider and approve the Northcliffe project so we also can obtain your approval to plant palm trees along Mariner Boulevard. What an asset this would be to Spring Hill and Hernando County. Let us all work together on this.

Paul Cote

Spring Hill

Time to head back home

Editor: Let's give three cheers for bureau chief Bill Steven's column of July 12. I agree wholeheartedly with him about so-called "progress." I only regret I never saw Florida when it was the lovely state they continue to brag out, and ruin.

I am a great animal lover and feel so bad every time there is a story in the paper about bears on U.S. 19 and moving turtles from their homes, etc. I could never sanction that. In the past two years, I have stopped my car twice on Deltona Boulevard and once on Toucan Trail to move a turtle across the street.

These things are one of the reasons I am planning to move from here. Those things plus the awful humidity. I am not Northerner, but a Midwesterner, and I hope to go back to "my country."

Maxine Zimmerman

Spring Hill

Politicians: Run for the border

Editor: I read how the campaigns are already starting for the 1994 elections, with Sandra Nicholson and Jim Cummings running for School Board. County Commissioners John Richardson and Tony Mosca Jr. both have their eyes on Tallahassee.

I have news for them: They should all run for the border. I guess we won't have to worry about Coastal Engineering anymore. Nicholson Engineering will get all the work once his wife is on the School Board.

Mr. Cummings had his own problems in running the city of Brooksville. As for Mosca and Richardson, it seems like no one really cares about Hernando County and its problems. These politicians are only interested in moving up to the big time, where lobbyists are richer and give more expensive dinners and gifts and trips. I do know one thing: It's going to be a free-for-all for Mosca's seat in the Republican Party.

The sharks are smelling blood and the press has already started the feeding frenzy. I think 1994 will be a real interesting election year, especially if we can get Diane Rowden and Tom Jacobellis to run for the two open seats on the County Commission next year.

Along with Pat Novy, they'll be an unbeatable team that will bring power back to the people and not the special interests.

Alfred Pagano

Spring Hill

A Little League volunteer speaks

Editor: Regarding the July 8 letters about the uniforms for the West Hernando Little League girls' all-stars:

I spent four years in the WHLL as a volunteer, with no children in the program, just because they needed help. I never saw John Grice make waves just to see the ripples.

Many years ago the membership voted to spend extra money on 2-year-old uniforms instead of "throwaways."

Where were all these "after-the-fact" donations when WHLL was setting their budget for the year?

Thomas Franklin

Spring Hill

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