Editor: As a resident of Hernando Beach since 1985, I think it is important for the Hernando County commissioners to recognize the fact that the Hernando Beach Property Owners Association does not represent the views of the majority of Hernando Beach residents. The commissioners also should recognize that maybe the leaders of the Property Owners Association do not represent the views of the majority of its own members.
The county commissioners also should consider the fact there are numerous residents of Hernando Beach who do not belong to or attend the association's meetings because they (1) work and are too tired at the end of the day, (2) have other clubs or activities that conflict, (3) disagree with the association's positions on the majority of issues it undertakes, or (4) are happy with the casual, laid-back community Hernando Beach truly is.
I trust the county commissioners to resolve the issues in accordance with the views of the majority of Hernando Beach residents and look forward to things returning to normal.
Questions on growth that need answers
Editor: I think there are three types of people in Hernando County: Type 1 (includes me) would be those who live here because they like the laid-back, unique and natural beauty of the Nature Coast. Type 2 would be those who see our county as a prime area to develop. Type 3 people are just here.
I was drawn to the Nature Coast because of the Gulf of Mexico, the springs, the hills, the forested areas and even the remnant orange groves. When I see our "slightly underdeveloped" coastline, I revel in its beauty. This is pure and natural Florida at its best! You can't create this, duplicate this or manufacture this. Only nature, left to itself, can become what we have now.
Type 2 would argue with this, I'm sure. They need more roads, more malls, more large corporate restaurants and retail chains. They don't know the concept of "enough." To them there is never enough, unless we're talking about plants and animals. "Oh yes," they say, "we have plenty of those things. And the air and water, that those environmental people always defend and worry about, it's all over the place. What do you mean aesthetics? Quit bugging everyone with those big words and speak English."
All sarcasm aside, we can learn from the sprawling east coast of our state and from the congestion on U.S. 19 in Pasco and Pinellas counties. I am not against development; I am against rampant development for a quick buck with no thought for tomorrow. Why can't we use all the experience and knowledge we have to do things right and democratically with our environment? Why create a vicious cycle of problems with which to test our intelligence later just to try to get back to where we are right now?
I'd like to see computer projections diagramming all the proposed plans for our county, perhaps via this newspaper. That way we can make better-informed decisions regarding the impact of each subsequent proposition. We have all the technology to do this. Yet, rather than using our superior means of communicating, the decisionmaking people are farther away from their constituents than ever.
Case in point, the Suncoast Parkway is zipping along, slicing up whole environments into tiny islands. Didn't anyone question the fact that we already have a highway to Tampa in place that could be widened? I think it wasn't questioned because we weren't asked. Why is the work on U.S. 41 plodding along over at least three years and can't seem to get done? Could it be we are being scammed into feeling a need for a better way to Tampa? I don't believe the people in charge are so stupid as to not be able to open up the bottleneck at U.S. 41 and State Road 54 from only two lanes to six. Are we to believe these same "leaders" have deftly shot through private property to put the parkway in? How can that be?
These decisions were made by whom? Did we take a vote as to whether we'd like to see U.S. 41 widened first and see where we are at before we jumped into a tollway version? We have to stop and think. We are now getting a convention center to benefit our county. Exactly how? I think the reasons and benefits we were given are a little vague. Why are we getting a convention center with chandeliers, when some of the children in this county go to school in trailers?
What's the future for our coastline? We know that you can put a bunch of high-rise buildings practically anywhere, and the result is the same: It looks like a bunch of high-rise buildings. It would force one to buy a condo in the high-rise on the water side, of course, to get the "view" of the water most of us can see now. Hernando Beach is a charming and quiet place, seemingly applying a two-story limit to their building policies right now (Or are they?). What does the future hold for our waterfront areas? Will there be lots of blinking lights, arrows, bigger signs and an "impressive" casino boat dock?
Am I asking too many questions? I'd love some answers.
Jennifer B. Sullivan
Spring Hill incorporation? No way
Editor: Again I start to read that some people want to make Spring Hill an incorporated area. No way! I hope I never see the day when Spring Hill is incorporated. If people are so disappointed in what they found in Spring Hill, I wonder why they moved into the area in the first place. They should have stayed in their previous locations that are incorporated.
I bought property in Spring Hill in 1981. I had my home built in 1982. At that time, Spring Hill was still a fairly rural area. I would drive on Spring Hill Drive and read signs that told me Spring Hill was a bird sanctuary. Now I ride on Spring Hill Drive and read that Spring Hill is now a "deed-restricted community." Is that what is called progress?
I hope I see the day when the Spring Hill Civic Association will be done away with. I do not ever plan to join with them in their different projects. Different rules and regulations are put into effect. But I don't see where anything is done to enforce them. I still see garage sale signs, boats in driveways, trucks in driveways and cars needing repairs.
Years ago a campaign was started to rid the streets and highways of billboards and neon signs. Now I see more billboards and neon signs than ever before, of all shapes and sizes. I used to go to Pine Island and see a few stop signs. Now there is a light at almost every intersection or shopping center.
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