|TAKE ACTION: PROTECT THE WEKIVA RIVER|
|Written by Marjorie Holt|
|Sunday, October 17 2010|
TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT THE WEKIVA RIVER
Contact Seminole County Commissioners and urge them to deny this precedent setting request that would allow commercial development, including a bar that sells beer and wine, that is prohibited in the Wekiva River Protection Area.
A public hearing will be held on October 26, 2010 in the Seminole County Services Building,1101 E. First Street in Sanford, FL 32771
Urge them to: PROTECT THE RURAL CHARACTER AND NATURAL RESOURCES OF THE WEKIVA RIVER PROTECTION AREA and DENY THE REQUEST FOR A RECREATION LAND USE CHANGE
Phone: (407) 665-7215
On October 6, 2010, I attended the compliance hearing in Seminole and represented the Sierra Club as your Conservation Chair in opposing the request for a Recreation land use change. The Planning & Zoning Commission meeting was held since the owner of Wekiva Island must deal with the violations that have occurred as the result of the expanded commercial uses in the Wekiva River Protection Area.
The owner's development plan conflicts with the Protection Area policies and the expanded commercial uses are not consistent with the future land use and zoning designation of the property. So now that commercial uses are prohibited within the WRPA, the applicant is seeking a Recreation Future Land Designation. Seminole County Policy FLU 12.3 allows for land use amendments to Recreation within the WRPA, but only for the protection of natural resources.
The site is located on a 5.5 acre tract located at the end of Miami Springs Road on the Wekiva River in Seminole County. The old Wekiva Marina facility operated as early as 1968 offering canoe rentals and operating a bait and tackle shop including the "incidental sale" of beer. Since early operations of the Wekiva Marina facility, the Wekiva River Protection Act was established in 1988, and in 1999 a Compliance Agreement relating to Astor Farms, established the prohibition of commercial uses in the Wekiva River Protection Area.
The Marina burned down and the property sat vacant until a new owner came along and has been operating until complaints fueled enough traction to initiate compliance proceedings by Seminole County. Complaints stem from the sale of beer and wine sold at an outside bar (open 7 nights a week until 2 a.m.), outdoor food concessions, resurrection of permanent rental cabanas in the WRPA buffer zone, entertainment, new bathrooms and other improvements on the site without contacting Seminole County. The traffic and drunken activity has become a nuisance to the residential community.
Oppose Wekiva Island - Save the future of the Wekiva River.
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