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Hernando County’s Weekiwachee Preserve is worth preserving | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Wednesday’s letters to the editor.
The Weekiwachee Preserve in Hernando County.
The Weekiwachee Preserve in Hernando County. [ Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Nov. 9

Preserve the preserve

Plan to develop Weekiwachee Preserve is on again, sort of. | Nov. 7

I live on Long Island, New York, and I’m a member of the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society. In March, I had the privilege of walking in the Weekiwachee Preserve. I was amazed at the beauty of this undisturbed landscape, at one point imagining that I was standing on an African plain. I still find it hard to verbalize just how beautiful this preserve is.

My sister, a resident of nearby Timber Pines, sent me the article regarding possible plans to develop part of this magnificent place. It seems very apparent that many of the local residents value this untouched parcel as much as I do.

Concept plan for developing a beach in the Weekiwachee Preserve.
Concept plan for developing a beach in the Weekiwachee Preserve. [ Hernando County ]

I don’t have a horse in this race but had to express my strong feelings against any development on this property. It is a beautiful, unique and unspoiled piece of heaven. Please keep it that way.

On Long Island, when developers and agencies keep coming back with the same ill-suited project, we always ask, “How many times do you have to kill a project before it dies?”

Doug Dittko, Manorville, N.Y.

Make it simple

After voter fraud arrests, Florida issues new forms that could bolster future cases | Oct. 31

Florida voters supported Amendment 4 (restoring felons’ right to vote) because it was the right thing to do. With all the confusion since that election, one would think if our governor was so concerned about election integrity, he would do whatever is necessary to create a centralized data-base to determine if felons have completed their sentences? Is that just too logical? Instead it has become a political weapon.

Linda Heatherly, New Port Richey

Political stunt

Migrant flight workaround | Nov. 7

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration has contracted with a politically connected air charter company to fly migrants (in all probability asylum-seekers) from Texas to “sanctuary cities” in northern blue states. The flights make brief “fig leaf” stops in Florida because current law only authorizes removal of migrants from Florida. There are an estimated 700,000 migrant farmworkers in Florida about half of whom are undocumented. But DeSantis won’t fly them anywhere because they are needed to harvest the oranges, grapefruits, strawberries and other crops that are the lifeblood of the state’s economically important agricultural sector. The Florida taxpayer-funded flights from Texas have consequently been derided as a potentially illegal political stunt — and rightly so.

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Better after 9/11 attacks?

Abortion, ‘culture war’ controversies divide candidates in state House 70 race | Nov. 1

Twenty-one years ago, the 9/11 attacks united this country in a way not seen since at least World War II. For a short time, partisan party politics faded away. We were all united for the common good. Now we are more divided than any time since the Civil War, demoralized by the constant barrage or partisan party politics on every issue. Sad as it sounds, I wish we could go back to the months after 9/11.

John Spengler, Spring Hill

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