Indian Springs development facing key vote in Mount Dora

Full story: Orlando Sentinel

A North Carolina-based development company faces one of its final hurdles this week in its proposal to build hundreds of homes on hilly pastureland near Wolf Branch and Britt roads.
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BMF

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#1
Jul 14, 2008
 
Keep on building and watch the aquifer drop. HEY, ANYBODY OUT THERE. WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF WATER. HAS THE DOLLAR REMOVED YOUR COMMON SENSE?
Native

Apopka, FL

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#2
Jul 14, 2008
 
We're all on water restrictions. We are suppose to conserve. Conserve for what? The next subdivision? As long as these idiots keep approving new subdivisions and golf courses, I'll use my water any way I feel like it.
Wanderer

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Jul 14, 2008
 
"I think it's going to be a beautiful subdivision," DeMarco said. "This has been 2 1/2 years in the works. Our city staff, council members and the developer have worked very hard on this."

I think the property is already more beautiful than any sub-division, not that the staff, council members and the developer will care at all.
Aloof

Jacksonville, FL

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#4
Jul 14, 2008
 
If it feels good, do it. This is mostly rhetoric the republicans throw at the dems for some perceived over indulging behavior, but we see who does the over indulging, don't we.
Aloof

Jacksonville, FL

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#5
Jul 14, 2008
 
The earth's systems are crashing. It's happening now. We don't need short-sighted mayors. How pathetic.
Aloof

Jacksonville, FL

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#6
Jul 14, 2008
 
Is there a politician in Lake County, Florida for that matter, that doesn't work close with developers? Jesus H.
Aloof

Jacksonville, FL

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#7
Jul 14, 2008
 
I am through conserving water, too. What's the point? This is ridiculous. Godforsaken subdivisions. Developers do plan on developing every square inch. They are marching forward. Failure of Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac ain't stopping these monsters.
Mount Dora Snob

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#8
Jul 15, 2008
 
In agreement with all the previous postings and will add this...Mount Dora keeps expanding its city limits, little by little, without ANY future thought to services, i.e. fire, police, etc. Nowhere do I hear or see any discussion about hiring more officers or firefighters...remember Amendment One?...the budgets for the coming years are flat, to say the least. Of course, the answer to that is to raise the millage for all. If I were guaranteed that increase were to go to the hiring of some more of the finest officers/firemen, I would have no problem with a proposal such as that.

Indian Springs may be an eco-friendly development, as touted by the developers. However, no matter how you look at it, they are STILL going to be pulling water from the aquifer, the aquifer that the city is telling me to pull from CONSERVATIVELY...sorry, no go. It's cheaper to keep my lawn green by paying a high water bill than it is to resod season after season a dead lawn by adhering to water restrictions. There's also resale value to look at...NO ONE wants pasture grass on the lawn of a $300,000 home! Trust me, most folks in that subdivision will be installing St. Augustine after the purchase of their "mansion".

City council, QUIT annexing east of 441 for the building of subdivisions! You're trying to beat Lake County to the punch in a NO WIN situation to increase your coffers without a care to long term core city residents who DEMAND a 'small town' atmosphere, the reason so many of us moved here. It's ridiculous to spread our services so thin and sell out the cache of the Mount Dora name so cheap. What's next?...annexing west of Lake Gertrude? What a mess...
Cinda

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Jul 15, 2008
 
I agree what are they thinking...I am continually amazed at these so called city planners and government when they cry about no money and then make a decision like this...why don't they think more along the lines of attracting business that can pay a living wage then a development that will suck all the water and resources it can possibly suck up...my utility bill is high and will go higher as it puts a strain on the system by putting in these crazy developments. You don't have to be an economist to figure out that we need to be dilligent and pick projects more carefully...Floridians cannot live on tourism and new home construction...
Wanderer

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#10
Aug 1, 2008
 
"Growth" is not productive. Let's stay put for a while, re-group, and make something worthwhile out of what we have before we squander our resources on making developers wealthy.

All this made me move out of Mount Dora. I can still visit once in a while, but that's becoming less and less frequent.
Matt mcwhorter

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#11
Sep 10, 2012
 
I am a life long resident of Mt Dora and my family has been here for more than 100 years. My house is one of the first that was built in the Indian Springs area of Wolfbranch Rd. Demarco is not trying to conserve the natural recourses in Mt Dora. There are too many empty homes and subdivisions already. Stop destroying my home. Greed for income is no excuse to ruin our natural recourses. I say stop building. That is beautiful land and it should be preserved. If we don't all make a stand and stop new development our children and grand children are going to suffer greatly. We all have a responsibility to conserve our natural recourses. What happens when they are gone. Who are you going to point fingers at? Hopefully yourselves for being greedy and heartless individuals. Be strong and show support and say who you are. Local resident, Matt Mcwhorter.

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