Marion County development protest goes to the Governor

09/14/09 Mitch E. Perry
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Tomorrow two women from Marion County who have already been successful in denying a developer from building homes on 400 acres of horse country outside Ocala, will have to take their fight up in front of Governor Crist and the rest of the Florida Cabinet.

Susan Woods and Karen Lynn Recio began challenging this proposed development back in 2007. As reported today by the St. Pete Times, although the Marion County Staff was against the development, it was passed on a 3-2 vote by the Marion County Commission, and the Department of Community Affairs approved it shortly there after.

But a DCA Attorney soon learned that the agency had neglected to perform a “needs assessment”, then reversed its position, and rejected the proposal. As did a judge. But the activists then learned that a final review would go before the Governor and the Cabinet.

Ralf Brookes is the attorney who will be representing Woods and Recio tomorrow.

A judge has determined that approving the plan would mean that Marion County would have a 45 year supply of homes.

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