Letter from Ava VanNahmen
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Letter from Feather Sound Resident Ava VanNahmen avavn@tampabay.rr.com

The airport rezoning issue continues.  The matter is scheduled to go before the Board of County Commissioners for their approval on September 23, 2003.  [ webmaster note: this is now delayed to another date] To date, there are no more opportunities for the public to hear, beforehand,  about the airports modifications or plans.  It is possible Commissioner Morroni’s office will have a meeting to explain the plan.  This has yet to be confirmed.  Also, to date, a site planner has not been hired for this project.

The property includes the Airco golf course, the club house property and parking lot. This area would be converted to airport use, light industrial.  A possible mitigation to this rezoning is an  exchange to the current Tiny Town disposal area (near I-275 and Roosevelt).  Making it the area to replace the “commercial recreational” property now occupied by Airco.  In addition, a 30 acre site serving as a buffer to Feather Sound is being rezoned. 

As active, concerned citizens, I urge you to get involved.  Some possible ways include:

ü      Contacting  County Commissioners                         http://www.pinellascounty.org/commission/default.htm

            Barbara Sheen Todd     btodd@co.pinellas.fl.us         (727) 464-3377

            Calvin Harris                charris@co.pinellas.fl.us

            John Morroni                jmorroni@co.pinellas.fl.us      464-3568

            Robert Stewart             rstewart@co.pinellas.fl.us

            Susan Latvala               slatvala@co.pinellas.fl.us

            Karen Seel                   cmeinck@co.pinellas.fl.us

            Ken Welch                    ktwelch@co.pinellas.fl.us

ü      Attend the meeting on September 23 [ webmaster note: this is now delayed to another date]

ü      Sign the petition which opposes this rezoning.  This can be obtained by emailing John Yeager jryeager@earthlink.net

ü      Talk with the Planning and Zoning Department.  Paul Cassell, 464-3888

ü      Talk with the airport officials:  Robert Humberstone, 453-7820

The Board of County commission meetings are held twice a month, usually, but not always, on the first and third Tuesdays.   Meetings in the latter part of the month are actually held in two parts. Agenda items are discussed with the Board at 3:00 pm, after which there is a break and the Board reconvenes at 6:30 p.m. with Presentations and Awards, Citizens to be Heard and scheduled Public Hearings. These meetings are designated for zoning matters as well.

These meetings are held in the fifth floor Assembly Room of the County Courthouse, 315 Court Street, Clearwater. Special listening devices are available at the meetings upon request. Board meetings are televised LIVE and repeated during the week on the Pinellas County Government Access cable television Pinellas 18.