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If land next to park site floods, it’s Hernando County’s fault, reader says

Hernando County community news [Tara McCarty]
Hernando County community news [Tara McCarty]
Published Nov. 11

Re: Commissioners sell park sites | Nov. 8 story

Attention Garth Coller, Hernando County Attorney: My wife and I built adjacent to the park land on Oleta Street that supposedly was for sale by Hernando County. This parcel essentially is an island within a sea of asphalt for whatever wildlife hasn’t already been eradicated. But what I really would like to explain to you is that this property is at the bottom of hills and adjacent to not only our home, but to a drainage retention area.

I was concerned when we bought about being at the bottom of a drainage system. But the extra park land that supposedly would never be developed would act as a recharge/percolation area for much of the runoff coming down the hill.

By developing this island in a sea of asphalt, you are changing the water dynamics of the area. You may not have seen this area in flood conditions. This area could have been close to flooding when we had our last rain event that reached 24 inches in 24 hours.

I have lived here for 28 years and have not seen the water close since I last had the drainage retention area made an extra 4 feet deep. When we first bought, the drainage system was not working correctly. I proved it to the county, and we haven’t had a problem since.

But if the county sells this property and homes are built on it and subsequently we have a flooding problem, I will hold Hernando County responsible for allowing more development over a watershed that was never intended to be developed.

Jack Daniel, Spring Hill

Dismayed, but not surprised, to read that the park sites were sold to a local developer in a no-bid, closed-door deal. It’s nice to have friends in high places.

One has to wonder, where’s the fire? Hernando County commissioners had no interest in testing to see if a higher bid or two might come in. Homeowners who expected parks, according to the master plan, may see a decline in their property values, but the developer can expect a profit from this deal.

Greed is good; profits are good. But elected officials are expected to be looking out for the common good. And this state has a Sunshine Law for a good reason .... instances like this.

It is unfortunate that there is no diversity on the current county commission, and that commissioners seem to have a lot of common business interests. It seems to be easier to raise taxes than take a little time to make better business deals for this county. Shame on you.

L.J. Phillips, Brooksville

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