This area is protected by the Northeast Pasco Rural Protection Overlay with the purpose of “preserving and protecting Northeast Pasco County’s existing rural and agricultural character … while providing for the area’s orderly and appropriate growth.” Yes, the overlay mentions development, and we realize that change isn’t preventable, but our concern is that this development could have a significant negative impact on residents and the ecosystem.
The issue is a proposed 675-unit recreational vehicle “resort” with a convenience store and four-room hotel on Lake Iola Road, with access to Lake Moody. Lake Iola is a narrow, two-lane road that leads to Blanton Road, which leads to the interstate via a sharp and historically dangerous turn. This property is zoned agricultural and would require rezoning to commercial for this to commence.
The roads are not equipped to handle the traffic an RV resort would bring. They would ultimately necessitate modifications at taxpayers’ expense. Increased traffic brings increased safety risk to pedestrians, bicyclists, local traffic and wildlife.
Additionally, our water supply is limited, and wells have been known to run dry in the winter, due to local farms. The addition of 765-plus drawing on the water supply could cause a major water shortage, resulting in residents having to re-drill their wells. Also, the resort plans to use the lake for “recreational activities,” which could pose a significant risk to the lake’s ecosystem.
Finally, to protect from overdevelopment, the overlay mandates one home per 10 acres, not 765 homes, four hotel rooms and a convenience store all packed into 152 acres. Allowing this sort of development sets precedent for other developers to do the same, resulting in the elimination of rural Pasco county.
Please help us protect our community by asking our local representatives and zoning office to adhere to the Northeast Pasco Overlay and deny rezoning or permitting outside of agricultural/rural for this project.
Alaina Reeves, Dade City
Parents are most important teachers
With all the bad publicity that has surrounded Fivay High School, one would think the school and its occupants were cursed. However, a school with more than 1,850 students has fewer than 100 students in “trouble.” Why are these few receiving all the media frenzy?
Why aren’t the positive things that students do being acknowledged?
I am a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. I have been in education for 50 years as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, director of federal programs, central office administrator, tutor and now as a substitute teacher. I have taught in communities similar to Hudson.
Many times I am asked why I still work. My response: “I love the kids, and what I do is not work, it is my lifestyle.”
The heart of Fivay is its staff; the body its students.
You, the parents, are the first and most important teachers in your child’s life. You determine the paths they choose by how you act in front of them. These high school students are children. They need rules, limits, structure and lots of understanding. If you don’t follow the rules of society, there will be consequences — harsh lessons when all you had to do is teach self-discipline and responsibility.
Parenting is difficult, and we cannot expect schools or society to raise our children. We are here to provide the best education possible to your child. We need to have students in class, on time, prepared and focused.
We are not their parents, you are. We are not responsible for their actions, you are. Together we can succeed in educating, responsible young adults that will be a future of which we can be proud.
Joyce Nunn, Hudson