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Today's Letters: Developers, use the land available

Letters to the Editor
Published March 6, 2007


Re: Proposed Hickory Hill subdivision:

I am unclear why developers want to utilize vacant pasture land and wooded properties for Hickory Hill, having to deal with urban sprawl issues and destroying the natural vegetation of Florida.

Hernando County, back in 1998, entered into a deal with the Dunes and Seville developer to provide central water and central sewer in my area of the county (Royal Highlands, Royal Hills, Gulf Florida Highlands). The county also adopted the highway network map 2025 and the functionally classified roadway map 2025 back on Dec. 3. The central water/central sewer, road network and traffic flow, and residential growth infrastructure preplanned for have already begun, according to the Capital Budget for Hernando County, and thus altering our Comprehensive Plan mapping criteria from rural/agriculture to possible high-density residential and in-fill commercial. Why don't developers who are creating these subdivisions utilize the lands that are already getting the necessary services and roads?

Mark Maloney, Brooksville


Given a choice, upscale is better

I have lived in the Spring Lake area all of my life and presently live off Lockhart Road. I will be affected by the proposed Hickory Hill development. Change is coming, one way or another. It will be an area of 280 "minor ranches" with 280 houses, barns, wells and septic tanks, or an upscale community. I choose the latter.

Who will pay to upgrade Lockhart, Hickory Hill, Baseball Pond and White roads if Hickory Hill is divided up 280 times? The planned community would have a couple of limited access roads, which they would improve themselves.

The proposed buffer zones and large, continuous, open areas of the Hickory Hill development are more pleasing to me than being subdivided with fences every 10 acres.

Hickory Hill would provide a smooth transition from the high intensity of the Interstate 75 area to the more rural Spring Lake area.

The type of resident who would invest in the Hickory Hill community also would help economically on this side of the county. As far as I know, this is the only type of development of its kind east of Brooksville. Why can't we have some balance for our side of the county?

Steve Melton, Spring Lake


Reporting shows great sensitivity 

Re: He has come this far by faith, Feb. 25 story:

The parishioners of St. Andrew's Ukrainian Catholic Church were very pleased and impressed by the reporting of Asjylyn Loder on the visit to our parish by Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, Patriarch of the Ukrainian Catholic Church.

Ms. Loder showed great sensitivity in portraying the often sad history of our church in the old Soviet Union and its preservation by immigrants and their descendents, who have nurtured their spiritual and cultural traditions in the United States.

The article was most successful in outlining the particular rites and customs of the Ukrainian Greek Catholics in the context of our full communion with the Catholic Church.

Edmund D. Fountain's excellent photographs also helped capture the spirit of the event.

All of the parishioners of St. Andrew's Ukrainian Catholic Church appreciate the coverage of this historic day by the Times.

Fr. Mikhail Kouts, pastor


Well owners are not water wasters

This is in regard to some people thinking that residents on wells will water more often because of watering restrictions. Where do they get this notion?

I've lived in Florida since 1974 and there has always been some form of water restrictions. Everyone I know, on well water or not, follows them. It is unfair to say that people with wells don't follow the rules.

If water is so scarce, one has to wonder why large subdivisions will be allowed to move into our county. Maybe we need to cut back on building and just do our best to conserve the water we have.

Linda Alexy, Brooksville

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