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Are gopher turtles on brink of extinction?

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 8, 2001


Editor: What is happening to our gopher turtles? A couple years ago there were five or six turtles on our block on Addison Street in Spring Hill. This year there was only one. They are so much fun to watch as they shyly leave their holes to eat grass. One day when it rained, our turtle stood just outside his hole. You could almost hear him say "How refreshing!"

Alas, he is gone. About a week ago, some teenage boys ran through our back yard. We didn't think much about it but later found the turtle hole filled with dirt and our turtle was gone. The turtle was on our property and was not bothering anyone.

What are people doing with the turtles? We hope they aren't being eaten. Soon our gopher turtles will not be endangered, they will be extinct.
-- Georgia Donovan, Spring Hill

Industries need thanks, not hassles

Editor: Our county commissioners, for the most part, are doing a substantial job, along with their fine staff. But I feel obligated to express my feelings toward what I consider a major issue.

First, I noticed Florida Rock is being denied a permit to build a cement plant. Next, I find that Vulcan/ICA Distribution is being what I consider hassled.

Commissioners, I might agree with attempting to keep our county a laid-back, rural type community. But our recent Census tells us where we are growing, and with younger people. Our county needs growth, not only with residents and services, but we need industry, both small and large.

Does industry help us? Most definitely, with jobs and taxes. Our younger people must have jobs with fair wages. Our residents need industry's tax base. They go hand-in-hand. Commissioners, do the right thing for our county. Keep the industries we have and aggressively seek new business for the sake of all of us. In fact, maybe a letter from all commissioners to all Hernando County businesses and industries thanking them for being here would be appreciated.
-- Bubba Becker, Brooksville

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