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Special Use Land Excavation

Date Change of Public Hearing to March 8, 2022 (was December 14, 2021)

Special Use Land Excavation Public Hearing: App. No.: SU-LE 21-1224

Notice of Imminent Adverse Impacts to environmentally sensitive areas and public health and welfare.

The owner of the borrow pit located at 6777 Lutz Lake Fern Road is asking Hillsborough County Commissioners to grant a ten- year extension on its excavation permit. The current permit expired on December 21, 2021.

For 13 years, this operation has been hauling and selling dirt from Odessa.   During this time this operation has received numerous complaints and violations. Two-lane rural roads that are close to the excavation site such as Lutz Lake Fern Road, Gunn Highway, Van Dyke and Tarpon Springs Road, are showing road ruts and potholes. The increased truck traffic adds to the noise and creates dangerous traffic situations, especially in the early morning when the trucks wait in queue on Angel Lane and Lutz Lake Fern Road. There are three schools on Lutz Lake Fern. Trucks sitting on the side of the road only compounds the traffic density along with school busses and parents driving their children to school.

This excavation site is located at the headwaters of Brooker Creek Watershed and its aquafer is the source of Brooker Creek watershed’s drinking water. Over 500 species of plants, more than 20 species of amphibians, 50 species of reptiles, and 40 species of mammals live within the watershed.

If the excavation is granted for another 10 years, the destruction of this watershed is imminent. A watershed is any area of land where the water drains into a single location. This does not just impact those near the excavation site because the water moving downstream will continue to affect water quality and quantity along the way.  Everyone is responsible to take measures to protect watershed health.

This permit request will be heard before a BOCC Land Use Meeting which begins at 9:00 AM on March 8, 2022, at the Robert W. Saunders Public Library, 1505 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa. If you cannot attend, please email Michelle Heinrich, the County planner, at Heinrichm@hillsboroughcounty.org . Your concerns will then be recorded. Please act promptly.

Residents, if you wish for this to not impact our areas negatively now and into the future, please write now. The Keystone community will be heard if we act swiftly and in large numbers.

You may contact me for more information or if you have questions at clara@lawhead.us.

Sincerely,

Clara Lawhead, MS, RD, LD, FADA
7340 Colley Road
Odessa, Florida 33556
813-376-0474

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