Editor: I am glad, for her sake, that County Administrator Bonnie S. Dyga has resigned. Hernando is the loser.
The then-Board of County Commissioners said at the time of her appointment it wanted an administrator with initiative, one who was progressive and was not a "yes" person. These requirements were in contrast to the laid-back attitude of the previous administrator. Ms. Dyga, because of her specialized training and long experience in government administration and her demonstrated integrity, more than adequately met the needs.
Time and events have shown that Ms. Dyga was amid a factional group of self-serving, micromanaging, indecisive, amateur commissioners staggering from crisis to crisis. Ms. Dyga knew that Hernando needed effective and efficient government administration so that maximum benefit could be obtained from scarce money and other resources. Further, she knew that such results could be obtained only by practicing the science and art of recognized management. Her efforts to do so were rebutted by the insecure nabobs of opposition fearful of change for improvement. These pernicious perpetrators of procrastination in 2000 may seek re-election.
The outlook for Hernando is scary.
I am confident that somewhere in the world of plotting, powerful and puzzling politics there is a welcome and a spirit of goodwill for Bonnie Dyga.
James A. Willan
County administrator's resignation was a sad day
Editor: What a sad day for Hernando County when Bonnie Dyga resigned. She has been such a positive, knowledgeable county administrator, with the county's future her concern. She doesn't need to feed her ego like the person who is chairwoman.
I sure hope voters remember this at voting time.
Remember who not
to vote for next time
Editor: Hernando County is at it again. Seems that when a person has more intelligence and class than a commissioner, they are pushed out.
All of this is happening when Hernando County is one of the fastest growing counties in the U.S. I certainly hope the chairwoman of the County Commission feels better after Oct. 10. The rest of the county will be quite ill.
If nothing more, Times columnist Jan Glidewell now has a whole new arena to write about in his columns. It is now Hernando's turn, instead of Pasco.
Please, voters, remember who not to vote for in the next election.
Here's your chance: Speak up about modulars
Editor: The ongoing issue of modulars in "homes-only" areas is not just a Royal Highlands issue. It also is the issue for homeowners in unincorporated or deed-restricted communities who have no legal monies and associations to fight this issue.
We are providing a public meeting, today from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Best Western banquet room (across the street from Weeki Wachee Spring). Our speakers/attendees will include state Rep. Nancy Argenziano's legislative aide Frank Peterson, Assistant County Attorney Kent Weissinger and a representative from state Sen. Ginny Brown-Waite's office. Our county commissioners are invited, as well as other speakers, to inform you about zoning regulations that could put a manufactured house in your "homes-only" subdivision or community.
Our commissioners are to be commended for proposing a moratorium much like the one in Marion County. Our commissioners are showing great courage in being No. 2 in Florida to say that the intent of residential communities that are not protected by associations and architectural review committees, and the intent of the developers at the time those communities were formed, was to have site-built homes.
Royal Highlands, with its paid-for roads, has grown and is no longer that sleepy, quiet community, with homes now valued at more than $200,000.
Home and lot owners, be aware: Without this moratorium the vacant lot next to you that has just been sold could have a modular placed on it!
Your voice is needed to reinforce what our commissioners have had the courage to do with this moratorium.
However, once the appeals court has made a decision on Marion County's moratorium, the battle isn't over. We must press on by writing or calling our legislators to keep our property values intact, by saying no to any form of modular or manufactured homes in an "R" area.