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Hernando commissioner seeks help for cat house neighbors

Published:   |   Updated: February 12, 2014 at 09:45 AM

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Although animal control officers say the cats are mostly well-cared for, the smell is so bad that neighbors have complained. Nicholson said there may be something in the county's animal ordinance that prohibits public nuisance animals.

The ordinance states that "no owner or harborer of an animal shall fail to exercise sufficient care and control of their animal to prevent it from becoming a public nuisance."

A public nuisance animal is defined as one "that unreasonably annoys human beings, endangers the life or health of other animals, or persons, or substantially interferes with the rights of persons, other than their owners, to the enjoyment of life or property."

High Point residents have had to deal with the smell, flies, fleas and stray cats roaming the neighborhood. One resident, Judith Mottram, said she doesn't have guests over because of the smell and the garbage left at the residence.

"My concern is for the health and well-being of our folks in here. It's not a good situation; it's frustrating for me," said Jim Woolcock, president of High Point's Board of Directors.

Woolcock said High Point's homeowner's association has "very little enforcement power." The association can write infractions and impose fines that can easily be ignored.

The owner of the mobile home in High Point stops by to feed the cats and an animal control officer said no laws have been broken.

Also Tuesday:

??Commissioners upheld an earlier planning and zoning recommendation to deny Guy Panzner's request to rezone property along Shoal Line Boulevard for a heavy landscaping service establishment.

Planning staffers said such a business is incompatible with the existing marine-oriented commercial uses along Shoal Line and inconsistent with the county's intent to re-develop the area with marine and tourist uses.

??Christine Anderberg, with The Friends of Chinsegut Hill, told commissioners the restoration of the Chinsegut Hill Manor House is moving forward on schedule.

A $1.5 million state grant has enabled crews to start interior and exterior work on the 166-year-old building, which the nonprofit group hopes to turn into a tourist destination.

County Commission Chairman Wayne Dukes praised the restoration efforts.

"We all had concerns in the beginning because of the condition of the building," Duke said.

Reporter Wendy Joan Biddlecombe contributed to this report.

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