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Hernando Beach residents don't want Nature Center

Hernando County, Florida -- Quiet little Hernando Beach wasn't so quiet Tuesday at a planning and zoning meeting.

"This is not something I can accept," said resident Larry Scott.

Another Hernando Beach resident said, "I am completely against this whole proposal."

The proposal is for The Nature Coast Educational Plaza. A packed house held signs and voiced their disagreement with the changes that could come to Hernando Beach.

"Ultimately, I'm against it altogether."

Ron Wolf explains the design, "The vision is for it to be an interactive community for tourists and the residents."

Brothers Ron and Gordon Wolf came up with the design and submitted it for rezoning, which the county unanimously approved. Complete with a welcome center, a nature museum, and an educational center, the Wolfs say the county would own and operate the plaza and they would put in their own lodge and cottages next to it. They feel the residents need more information.

"We believe that most all of them ounce they see and understand their fears about ruining it with a large over scale development are gone," says Gordon Wolf, of Blue Pelican marina.

One of the hotter topics is the 55 foot tall outdoor amphitheater.

"Now you're going to put an amphitheater right in the same spot. So this means I'll hear this until 11 o'clock at night, correct?" asks Larry Scott.

Ron Wolf explains, "The 55-foot is only for the auditorium theater part of the building. The actual amphitheater is an outdoor stage very similar to little community centers."

Gordon Wolf says, "We're just happy to be here and just want to help the community with some positive development there."

Now the Wolfs are in the process of scheduling a public meeting with Hernando Beach residents before this goes before the county commission sometime in May.


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