None scheduled at this time.
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November 11, 2010
Greetings to All,
Well the Preservation Ride is over and what a success thanks to all the participants and volunteers.
A huge thank you goes out to all the volunteers that worked on Saturdays doing pre-registration and getting the word out about the ride and the proposed landfill in the Croom. The volunteers that worked the day of the ride were amazing from checking coggins, signing riders in, taking photos on the trail, serving coffee, lunch, selling tee shirts and raffle tickets, and getting over 120 new signatures on the petition to not give away Forest Trail 18 for a commercial road.
A very special thank you goes out to Margaret and John Bushell of the Diamond B Ranch for organizing and hosting this ride and the Pasco Sheriff’s Posse members for volunteering in an unofficial capacity to do all the above services plus be the outriders for the beautiful ride. Attached is a flyer about their up and coming fundraiser series….let’s get the word out and help support them as they did us!
Becky Card Swerdloff has written a beautiful description of the ride and Horse and Pony will print most of it in their December issue. However, if you want to read it in its entirety giving you a great visual from a rider’s perspective, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will forward it on to you. She captures the intent and spirit of the purpose to save our precious forest and environment.
So the Preservation Ride provided enjoyment for many and added to our legal fund to continue our opposition to a landfill in the forest. It doesn’t get any better than that and even though the Holidays are upon us, our attorney will be continuing to work hard. Since we have some time before the Hearing in February, there are several activities that need to be pursued so that we can more effectively participate in the landfill permitting process and our opposition. We started so far behind; this is a wonderful opportunity for us to do some catching up. So if you can put the CPF on your Holiday Shopping List for a donation, that would be greatly appreciated (small, medium, large….) Speaking of that, we have some commemorative Preservation Ride Tee Shirts still available. Contact me or go to the website to purchase. You now can make a donation to the CPF on line through PayPal.
At the moment, our next fundraiser will be a Pampered Chef event on February 19th hosted by Alison Griffiths. Author of "Wild Horse Annie" (see the website). More to come on the specifics. Also, if you have an idea for a fundraiser, please share it and let us know.So, once again, thank you to all that supported this Preservation Ride. You made it a huge success! Together we are making a difference.
7150 La Dora Drive
Brooksville, Florida 34602
Mail to: 7150 La Dora Drive
Brooksville, Florida 34602
August 24, 2010
Hello everyone! Attached and pasted below is a letter from our esteemed attorney, John R. Thomas. Please take a few minutes to read it and get updated on the big news. **Please click here for the PDF attachment to download**
JOHN R. THOMAS
THOMAS & ASSOCIATES, P.A.
233 THIRD STREET NORTH, SUITE 101
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33701
Telephone: (727) 550-9072
Facsimile: (727) 550-9073
August 24, 2010
Citizens Preservation Fund
c/o Paige Cool,
Re: Out of Bounds, Inc. v. Florida Department of Environmental Protection, etc.,
DOAH Case No. 10-2683
Last week, Out of Bounds Inc. (OOB) headed back to the drawing board regarding its ill-conceived Croom Landfill. In March, they were
ferocious. They stormed out of my office when we tried to talk with them. They laughed from behind a ditch and berm roadblock they built to retaliate when we complained the landfill was too close to drinking wells. OOB followed this intimidating behavior with thinly-veiled threats of legal retaliation, then angry demands. When the Department of Environmental Protection withdrew the proposed landfill permit and proposed instead to deny it, OOB sued and ordered the interrogation of nine people during lengthy depositions. But when OOB’s Jack Hamilton was to sit for his own deposition, OOB humbly slid a letter across the table, saying that:
Out of Bounds has determined that it would like to consider a modification of its permit application to include: (a) install a liner in accordance with F.A.C. 62-701.730; and (b) redesign the proposed landfill to provide that no debris will be accepted within 500 foot radius of any wells that have been identified. Accordingly we request a six month continuance . . . .
The Judge agreed to continue the case for six months. After the six month continuance, the case will be re-set unless OOB decides not to
continue to pursue the landfill permit.
The landfill permit case is far from over though. OOB only says it will “consider” reconfiguring the proposed landfill to stay away from the potable wells of Dan and Bob Knox and Bob McCune, and will “consider” adding a liner and leachate collection system to prevent
groundwater contamination. But OOB made no firm commitments, and OOB has made no other offers regarding any of the other landfill
issues. They still plan to accept Chinese Drywall, they still intend to create “Mount Croom” of waste 60 or 70 feet (or more) above-grade on this 26 acre site, they still plan to widen and pave Forest Trail 18 for their use as a private easement, and they still plan to use Wildlife Lane and High Corner Road as a driveway for up to 75 waste-hauling trucks a day.
While folks should be thankful that Out of Bounds will “consider” preventing the proposed landfill from contaminating the groundwater and wells nearby, even with a liner, the landfill would still affect daily life and safety for many. Declared one of the “10 Coolest Places You’ve Never Been in North America” by the World Wildlife Fund, the Withlacoochee State Forest’s miles of trails for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding would never be the same. The truck traffic alone would make access to the Croom/Wildlife area and many of these forest trails unsafe. Odors, noxious gas, dust and noise from the proposed landfill would seriously interfere with the peaceful enjoyment of the forest and area, chasing forest visitors and area residents away in droves, and converting this area from one of the “10 Coolest Places” to just another industrial dump site. I sure hope it does not happen.
The landfill permit will be in limbo for the next several months, but Out of Bounds is also pursuing other State, Regional and County
approvals. From the get-go, Citizens’ Preservation Fund has been out-funded and has been playing catch-up throughout the landfill
permitting processes. The continuance provides an opportunity to raise the funds needed to more effectively participate in the landfill permit case, and time to make sure the other agencies involved hear from you and receive all of the relevant information we have gathered before they approve this misplaced landfill. Lastly, the continuance allows a chance to try to develop a long-term solution for all. While you have earned a reprieve and opportunity to take a break, I hope the association membership does not become complacent and is not distracted by this delay.
I look forward to continuing the efforts we have begun and successful resolution of this matter.
THOMAS & ASSOCIATES, P.A.,
John R. Thomas
Greetings To All !!!
Well, the Encore is over and while we didn't set any records in our sales, we were successful in making enough money to continue our efforts to oppose the Croom Landfill.
The people of the Citizens' Preservation Fund should be very proud of themselves for taking a stand and acting to protect the aquifer/groundwater, the clean air, the forest and its native species, the equestrian/hiking/biking usage, and our way of life here in Eastern Hernando County. By our united effort to hire John R. Thomas to represent us, we are now looking at a Hearing/Trial starting August 30th where we are in the position of backing up and strengthening the DEP in their Intent to Deny a permit to the landfill owners. Had we all done nothing back earlier in the year, we would have an up and running landfill right now.
Please be aware that the Hearing/Trial may not be the end of this effort to stop the landfill. DEP may make stipulations in the form of additional rules and regulations that the landfill owners must adhere to in order to operate. They may agree or may not agree. Nevertheless, this Hearing only applies to the permit itself. As we all know there are other issues involved with our opposition to this location for a landfill, so we need to continue to spread the word and gather more people to help us in our efforts to pay for our attorney and the experts necessary. There are many people that love the "country" and all it means to them. Please ask your family, friends, church groups, social groups, business groups to visit our website and make up their own mind if they want to support us. Ask anyone and everyone to help. We have supporters from all over Florida, Missouri, Washington, Texas, and Canada. Let's see how many more states we can add!!!
Meanwhile, we'll keep you posted on events as they occur.
The website: www.citizenspreserationfund.com
Donations/Contributions payable to: Citizens' Preservation Fund (or CPF)
Mail to: 7150 La Dora Drive
Brooksville, Florida 34602
Best to All,
July 12, 2010
Well we did it! This community showed how it could pull together and put on a real yard sale. It was a huge success and we raised enough money to guarantee adding a hydrologist to assist our attorney in his efforts. We are now left with continuing the fundraising in order to maintain a reserve so our attorney can prepare for the upcoming trial on August 30th. There are depositions, discovery, and all the good things that attorneys have to do for hearings. In fact, our attorney, has had to file a Motion for Protective Order for us as the opposition's request for depositions from us are "objectionable". Just to reiterate this one more time; we are blessed to have our attorney, John R. Thomas.
In our fundraising efforts, Paige and I have been contacting the local businesses in a push to receive donations from them. If you or anyone you know owns a business in this area (or anywhere), please share our situation and website with them. Several businesses thus far have now supported our cause and donated to our group. Remember, we have the business sponsorship program so any business that donates will receive the marketing services in return so that they can write their "donation" off as marketing expenses on next year's taxes.
Although we sold so much at the yard sale, we actually have a ton of items left. Therefore, we are going to have an Encore Yard Sale on Friday and Saturday August 6 and 7 to sell the remainder. This is the final sale and it will truly be an "All Must Go - No Reasonable Offer Refused" sale. While we don't need any further donations, we hope that you will come again and support the cause and spread the word to everyone. You will be receiving more information on this final event in the coming weeks so stay tuned.
We cannot thank everyone enough for their support of this fundraiser to protect and save a beautiful community, a way of life, our forest and it's creatures, and our precious water source. At the end of this update we are listing a few of the people that truly went over and above in their efforts to put this "show" together. Please forgive us if we left anyone out, your support was not overlooked!
We will keep you updated as the depositions take place and the "Encore" yard sale nears. Meanwhile, please keep spreading the word about our opposition to this landfill's location and why. You can always refer to our website at: www.citizenspreservationfund.com
If you can find a few more dollars to contribute to continue this effort, please make your check payable to: CPF and mail to: c/o 7150 La Dora Drive, Brooksville, FL 34602
Every penny counts and is greatly appreciated.
Huge thanks to all the media in our area that announced the event for all to see!
Some of the people that probably lost a few pounds in their effort to support the cause: Beverly, Dawn and Bob, Jena, Travis, and Trevor, Jennifer, Kathy and Art, Lynn and Harry, Lynn, and Missy.
Robin and Karen for the use of their horse trailers for storage and display.
Raffle Prize Winners:
Shell Gas Card - Robert Y
Spa Kit - Courtney
Golf Cart Cover - Timi B
Wild Horse Annie Book - Lynn D.
Wild Horse Annie Book & DVD - Janine P.
None at this time
Past Events & Meetings
General Community Meeting: March 1, 2010
Location: Hillside Community Baptist Church
Minutes: Click here to download the PDF