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Monday, April 19, 2021

Speak out on crucial vote on RV storage facility next to Villages

To the Editor:

The final vote on the rezoning of 26 plus acres sandwiched among 58 residences to a commercial use will not be before May 21. Our growth administrator, Thad Carroll, is waiting for the applicant to confirm the date. Adjacent neighbors will get a two-week notice. 

Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity sent a letter April 12 to Mayor Jim Richards, Town of Lady Lake, 409 Fennell Boulevard, Lady Lake, Florida, 32159, reporting that its review offers no objections. 

At the last public meeting on this issue March 12,  Commissioner Ruth Kussard voted against the rezoning because of environmental issues such as possible odors from diesel fuel and solid waste dumping. Three commissioners voted for the rezoning and our commissioner, Paul Hannan, was out of the country, but has said that he voted in favor of the change from agricultural to mini-storage units and RV and boat storage.

From the pastoral beauty of grazing horses to a limited industrial use such as that found on Rolling Acres Road between Highway 441 and County Road 466 will be a profound change for 58 residential home owners, some living on East Schwartz for 20 to 30 years. 

If you have concerns about safety, security lighting, hours of operation, increased traffic, landscaping and a protective 10-foot wall, you can contact our commissioners by mail and  email. You can attend the meeting and have a 3-minute spot to comment or question. 

You also can contact the applicant’s representative, Greg Beliveau with LPG Urban and Regional Planners, by sending your communication to our growth administrator, Thad Carroll ([email protected]), who can forward it. 

Your concerns need to be on record in person or by letter or email. Do not be complacent or you will regret it afterwards. You can email this to as many neighbors as possible. They do not have to be living on an adjacent property but living in our neighborhood. 

Joan Kellett
Village of Silver Lake

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