Letter from John Morroni
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July 17, 2003
Dear Editor:[The Feather Sound News]
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to respond to the letter published in the July 2003 issue of The Feather Sound News, and to correct erroneous information. The Public Hearing of the Board of County Commissioners to which you refer has been scheduled for September 23, 2003 at 6:30 p.m., not September 16th, as the letter from Ava VanNahmen stated. The meeting will be held at 315 Court Street, Clearwater, on the 5th floor. Allowing for input from the affected community in advance of the decision was the driving factor that prompted me to request a delay in consideration of this matter until that date.


To insure carefully controlled development and an acceptable buffer area between the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport and Feather Sound, the County is retaining a professional land planner to analyze the subject property and facilitate a workshop with the local community as part of the preplanning effort. That workshop is scheduled for August 13, 2003, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Select, 3535 Ulmerton Road. The recent purchase option buyout of Moog’s interest in the site and the use of a land planner to work with the community reflect the sensitivity of the County toward the residents of Feather Sound.

I think it is important to clarify the 5 points in Ms. VanNahmen’s letter:

1. Possible property being used for airport hangars – not true. The notion of developing the Moog site for aircraft hangars is misleading. If the site were being contemplated for such use, the rezoning from the existing manufacturing (M1) zoning would not be necessary.

2. Tampering with the archeological Indian burial site – not true. The archeologically significant Indian Midden site is not included in the rezoning application and remains both as a protected site and a buffer between the Airport and Feather Sound residents.

3. Tree removal - The removal of trees from the buffer area is not contemplated, nor is it a condition of the rezoning application.

4 & 5. As to the notion that one Government agency would go before another and receive rubber-stamped approval - prior to any future development of the Airport parcels, we will require the same County scrutiny, approvals, and mitigation as we require of a private applicant.

Again, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to clear up some confusion about the Airport’s rezoning request. I look forward to hearing from the residents of the Feather Sound community.


John Morroni
County Commissioner &
Feather Sound Resident