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Timber Pines: sometimes nice, sometimes not

Published May 25, 2004

Re: A mother through the unexpected, May 9 Times:

Editor: This letter is from someone who sees from both sides (I lived in Brooksville prior to moving to Timber Pines).

Yes, Timber Pines has regulations. But the book of rules and regulations is not provided to the perspective buyer; he or she has to find out the hard way, as I did.

My "little village" tried to impose rules on me that were nonexistent. Then, when I requested a permit to install a retractable awning on my back patio facing a wall, I was turned down repeatedly, even though a Timber Pines resident already had one approved and installed (precedent set). I was told it was a mistake.

Elizabeth Pierson did not plan on raising a child when she chose to live in Timber Pines. Yes, she knew the regulations, but life can and will throw you a curve.

So, Timber Pines residents are a mixture of nice people and not-so-nice ones, just as anywhere else.

The board of directors has been misguided sometimes in its rulings. Letter writer Vilmar Tavares needs to know all the facts. Perhaps the emphasis in residents' decisions to live in Timber Pines was not so much on living in a child-free community, but more about amenities, such as golf, pools and clubs. Mr. Tavares, we also have our share of busybodies in our little villages. I have them around me.

Oh, yes, Timber Pines is very good at tooting its own horn about doing so much good for Spring Hill. Excuse me, but it is very unbecoming to brag about your good deeds.

Is it odd that Timber Pines alone gets so much criticism? We never hear anything about the other gated communities.

-- Renee F. Boudreaux, Spring Hill

Cardiologist is doctor with a big heart

Re: United by Faith:

Editor: Thank you for the informative and well-written report about Hernando County's Muslim community.

I am a patient of Dr. Nasser Elmansoury. He is a very caring physician who has not forgotten that cardiology deals with the heart on all levels.

We should not only "tolerate" other religions but learn from them. For example: I appreciate the emphasis Muslims put on their spirituality, every day of the week.

-- Carna Zacharias-Miller, Brooksville

Arc Nature Coast event will aid group home

Editor: I wish to acknowledge the generous opportunity afforded the Arc Nature Coast by Weeki Wachee Springs and All-Coast Engineering. This July Fourth we will join with them in holding a spectacular celebration at Weeki Wachee Springs and Buccaneer Bay.

Charitable proceeds from this event will set the course for the Arc Nature Coast to establish a fourth group home in Hernando County, serving adults with severe developmental disabilities. Our organization is only as strong as the support and generosity reflected by our community. We are grateful to Weeki Wachee and All-Coast Engineering for their support.

We encourage everyone to join us July Fourth for a fun-filled day.

-- Mark W. Barry, executive director The Arc Nature Coast, Brooksville


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