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Timber Pines' water request ignores the realities of shortage

Published Oct. 8, 2005

Editor: With reference to an article in the Oct. 12 edition, More water requested for course, Timber Pines wants to increase its pumping for golf and landscaping? Are they simple? I was under the impression that we have a water problem not just in Florida but throughout the county.

Maybe I'm missing something, but I feel that some of these people are lacking good judgment and common sense when it comes to making decisions concerning our water supply.

Why is it that the rest of us in Spring Hill are restricted to watering our lawns twice a week, on designated days and certain times, yet Timber Pines is allowed to pump 609,000 to 1.4-million gallons a day to water its 185.1 acres of golf course and 71.8 acres of lawn?

To make matters worse, Timber Pines was caught pumping water into two lakes for aesthetic purposes. That's the height of arrogance. Now it wants to pump even more from our groundwater supply. Yes, our groundwater, as it belongs to all of us, not just the prestigious development of Timber Pines. Apparently Timber Pines wants to enhance its community at our expense.

At this rate, Timber Pines will have the best-looking golf courses and the best-looking lawns in the community, but good drinking water will be hard to find.

I hope the Hernando County commissioners, Swiftmud and anyone else who may have a voice in this will exercise good judgment and common sense when they consider this request. In fact, the amount of water to be pumped should be decreased, not increased.

Wallace F. Gibbs

Spring Hill

Timber Pines residents

do care about nature

Editor: In regard to the Oct. 17 letter from James Lee about Timber Pines and water:

I think his comment regarding Timber Pines residents, "How sick can they be?" is like saying all fishermen are sick because they like to drown worms and kill fish.

Many of our residents are very concerned about the water situation, as well as other ecological and social problems. Witness the number who voluntarily recycle glass, paper, etc., and the ones who volunteer their time to charities, hospitals and other organizations.

It is unfortunate that one person's disregard of the water restrictions caused so much bad publicity and animosity among our neighbors in Spring Hill. The person responsible has been replaced.

As for the comment about taxpayers, we pay our fair share, too.

Mrs. A. Walters

Timber Pines, Spring Hill

Thanks for helping

Lighthouse for Blind

Editor: The clients, employees, friends and board of directors of the Lighthouse for the Blind of Pasco and Hernando express their appreciation to all who donated, purchased or in any way helped to make our seventh annual benefit auction a success.

We especially thank Hooters on the River, which generously sponsored this event, and Allen Crumbley of Prudential Realty, who acted as auctioneer.

The mission of the Lighthouse is to provide blind and visually impaired people with the skills needed to achieve their maximum independence. The Lighthouse offers its services free of charge to the residents of Hernando and Pasco counties, and our mission could not be accomplished without the tremendous support received from our community.

Roxann Mayros

executive director

Lighthouse for the Blind