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Seniors want concerns heard on potential school sites

© St. Petersburg Times
published February 23, 2003

Editor: I was unable to attend the Hernando County Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on Feb. 10. I would like to tell the School Board that I and others are deeply insulted by the school board attorney's comments.

Twice she has said that the future is more important than present residents' concerns.

May I remind the School Board and its attorney that there are residents in Oak Ridge Estates and Orchard Park who went to war to keep our rights to voice our concerns. Our concerns should not be dismissed because we are seniors and not considered part of the future.

The School Board, in the past 8 to 10 years, has failed to look ahead. Now they are looking to put schools wherever they will fit.

Then there was the zoning commissioner who asked how many residents speaking have properties that abut the proposed school site. I ask, "What difference does it make if you abut or live three blocks away, if you are hit by a bus or by a parent's car?"

Finally, I ask the School Board and zoning commission members, how many of you live within three blocks of the proposed school site?
-- Louis Neri, Spring Hill

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