FL - Hernando Commission to rule on shrimp business after community outcry

Residents don’t want shrimpers who violated land-use rules to continue operating in their neighborhood.

The Hernando County Commission on Tuesday agreed to take up the case of a shrimp wholesaler in Hernando Beach who wants to keep operating out of a storefront not zoned for the business. Residents said the operation damages the environment, conflicts with the residential community and is one more example of a county decision that helps local code violators.

S & T Boat Repair and Bait gained approval this month from the county Planning and Zoning Commission for a special-exception use permit to continue operating at 3209 Shoal Line Blvd. But a provision in the county’s land-use rules allows the County Commission to make the final decision if there is enough reason to do so.

Commissioners received more than a dozen letters in recent days urging them to take action, and commissioners voted unanimously to do so on Tuesday. They want to rule on the matter when members of the public can attend, but did not set a date. The meeting on Tuesday drew a small audience, after officials urged people to view online because of the need for social distancing.

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