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Zoning change would lower home values

© St. Petersburg Times
published January 22, 2002

Editor: I, as a concerned homeowner in the Oak Ridge subdivision and a real estate broker in Pasco County, wish to express my concerns for the proposed zoning change on Perrine Ranch Road.

I am very much opposed to this plan and believe it will cause a serious impact to the property values of our homes. Pasco County has been a very desirable area in which to live because of its density. To change the density will decrease our current values. And just as important are the issues of water usage, overcrowded schools and increased traffic accidents.

The commission's recommendation to Pulte Home Corp. in 1998 stated the cap for building on 187 acres would be 162 homes. Zoning is currently one home per acre, but Gary Blackwell and Alex Deeb are asking to allow 280 homes on 137.7 acres. Deeb was recorded as saying he received a letter of approval from the Oak Ridge Homeowners Association. This is not correct. I am a director of the Oak Ridge Homeowners Association, and no such letter was ever written to Deeb or to anyone else.

Statistics show there is 78 percent as much traffic on Perrine Ranch Road as there is on Seven Springs Boulevard. The traffic on Perrine Ranch Road is already highly congested. The statistics for accidents and fatalities are conveniently unavailable.

I, as well as others, moved to this area of Pasco County to avoid the overpopulation in Pinellas County. There are almost 500 homes in the Oak Ridge subdivision area and we rely on our own wells to provide our water source. Well and public water all comes from the same place. Every year water becomes more valuable to all of us. Why make it worse?

I realize building homes, as long as land is available, will never stop. But changing the zoning requirements and adding more homes than originally planned will seriously affect Oak Ridge and the surrounding areas.
-- Deborah Mobley, New Port Richey

To encourage recycling, follow Clearwater's path

Re: Blue bag curbside recycling program needs your support, Jan. 16 letter

Editor: Contrary to the view of recycling in Pasco County, this county does very little to encourage recycling. In Clearwater, yellow recycling bins are provided to all residents, and workers pick up recyclables every week. On our street in Clearwater, 70 percent of the residents recycled.

Last week, the haulers missed our street in Hudson so it was very easy to see who recycles and who doesn't. There was only one other house on this block with bags on the curb. It is a shame, but a reality that the majority of people in this county are not going to recycle unless you make it easier for them.

If this county really wants to encourage recycling, it would follow Clearwater's example.
-- Warren W. Carter, Hudson

Gun decision should be locked in place

Re: Zephyrhills should revisit gun decision, Jan. 21 letter

Editor: Zephyrhills will risk wasting more time, money and energy should it revisit the issue of the city's new employee manual dealing with firearms. The City Council has, within the constraints of the law and the best interests of the people it serves, made a practical decision. It is not 100 percent of what either side wanted, but sometimes compromise has to overrule.

It's ironic that when considering the population this decision affects the most, the residents and taxpayers of Zephyrhills, none have written or attended council meetings in support of the letter writer's objectives. He is the only one seeing problems where none exist.
Ed Mejias, Land O'Lakes

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