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Council will decide future of wetlands

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published August 9, 2000

PINELLAS PARK -- Plans to put 34 lots on wooded wetlands bordering a city park hit a snag last week.

The Planning and Zoning Commission will recommend that the City Council deny a request to build a small subdivision on land known as Sylvan Acres. The acreage borders the north side of Helen Howarth Park and at one time was slated to become part of the city's horse trail system.

But more than horse riders have objected to the loss of the land. Neighbors fear the loss of wetlands and are worried about increased flooding if concrete and houses cover a large percentage of that land.

The City Council is scheduled to make a final decision Sept. 28.

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