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Dade City homeowners fear losing rural community due to rezoning proposal

Posted at 4:45 PM, Feb 24, 2020

DADE CITY, Fla. — Edward Dutkiewicz and his wife are right at home in a rural part of Dade City, with its rolling hills and big plots of land.

“We saw the property and saw how almost isolated it was. We saw the property and put a bid on it right then that day because we just loved the way it was,” Dutkiewicz said.

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But it is changing. Several neighboring acres have been sold, and trees between Edward’s home and the highway were cut down.

“They made a sound barrier as well as a light barrier from the highway. And it provided a lot of wildlife.”

The people that live here say they want to keep their scenic area along Blanton Road the way it is.

But a proposal to rezone to commercial use could mean an industrial park and even a truck stop.

“My big fear is that you are going to have an industrial park here with all the problems, the light, the sound, the noise, you are going to have security lighting," said Dutkiewicz.

Pasco County officials say they are reviewing an application to change the land use to commercial and light industrial.

A neighborhood meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 25 at 6 p.m. at Redemption Church located at 17351 Hyland Lane in Dade City to discuss the proposal.