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Hernando County failed on holidays, reader says

Hernando County letters to the editor
Hernando County community news [Tara McCarty]
Hernando County community news [Tara McCarty]
Published Jan. 13

Thank you to those Spring Hill residents who went all out to make the holiday season sparkle. Houses were beautifully lit throughout the area — and thank goodness. Because without the residents, you’d never know it was Christmas here in Spring Hill.

Not a tree, not a light, not a wreath put up anywhere by the county.

I hear Brooksville looked nice Maybe someone should check the tax records and see where most of the tax dollars in Hernando come from. That’s right, Spring Hill.

The county commissioners sure know how to dice up our little community and sell it to their cronies without a thought to the quality of life impact. I mean, has anyone from Brooksville ever tried to make a left turn across Linden during rush hour? You would think with all the additional houses and apartments going up, we’d get a light or two. Geez.

But we’re a hardy bunch here in Spring Hill. We will deal and get on and not complain. Truth is most of us are transplants from different areas where whining was not acceptable.

But come on. Isn’t all this building and congestion worth one little Christmas tree? There are government buildings here on Forest Oaks and Kass Circle. Why weren’t they decorated? And if they were, next year can you do a little better so it’s noticeable?

I’d complain to my district leader, but I have no idea who represents District 2. There’s certainly no hint of his presence here, so his secret is safe. For now.

It’s an election year, and I don’t care what party you represent. All I know is, no one is representing Spring Hill right now. And that has got to change.

Angela Welsh, Spring Hill

Re: Hernando County will turn to business leaders ... | Jan. 10

The Hernando County Commission will be adding two advisory committees to plan future economic development and growth. Unfortunately, they are staffing these with their favored industry representatives, resulting in favored treatment for favored special interests. These two new committees are the Economic Development Advisory Committee and a committee to redraw the county’s future land use map.

The use of industry representation has the appearance of ceding Hernando County to special interests. As Commissioner Wayne Dukes commented after the sweetheart sale of land to politically connected Hartland Homes, the appearance of a conflict of interest is as bad as a real conflict. Yet the commission does the same thing in less than a couple of months.

The commission should appoint residents to these committees, as the existing residents will be affected by any decisions based upon these committees’ advice. Waiting for citizen comments when the matter is before the Board of County Commissioners is too little, too late, since the plans are all but codified.

Hernando County is experiencing growth, and it can adopt smart growth practices balancing the need for new businesses and housing with the existing infrastructure and the essence of Hernando County’s Nature Coast brand. The developers, realtors and builders will understandably only want more concessions to be able to increase density, build more and earn more.

The commissioners can do the right thing and add resident representatives or they can further their image of being puppets for the special interests. It seems like a no-brainer, but history indicates that the special interests will continue to hold the keys to the county.

Anne Kraus-Keenan, Spring Hill

Re: New policy makes recycling too difficult | Jan. 3 letter

I am so sorry for Mrs. Davis, who wrote on Jan. 3 about her recycling problems. She was able to keep eight trash bags of cans and water bottles, but she could not keep two recycle bins in the same space. Those two bins would be unloaded every week if she just got them to the curb.

Furthermore, there are recycle bins located around the area, where glass and other metals can be unloaded. I don’t know about taking them to “the dump.” Will they separate her bags or just bury them?

I think she doesn’t understand the curbside pick-up. Of course, those tin cans have to be clean — no dog food residue left in them.

Carolyn Conrad, Spring Hill


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