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Moral Monday draws few, vows to return

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BROOKSVILLE - "Moral Monday" didn't start out with a bang, but that won't keep local government watchdogs from coming back.

On Monday, a handful of protesters rallied outside the Hernando County Courthouse.

County resident Joe Lemieux said "Moral Mondays" were started in North Carolina as a way for people to protest any government policies they're not happy with. Recently, more than 10,000 people showed up on a Monday in that state, Lemieux said.

Lemieux, along with Hernando County Democratic Executive Committee Chairman Steve Zeledon and Rosemarie Gee, said they were particularly concerned with the Hernando County Commission's recent 4-1 vote not to collect education impact fees for another year. A moratorium on the fees was put in place four years ago, and the district believes the system subsequently has lost $3 million in revenue.

Zeledon said all commissioners except Diane Rowden have ties to the building industry.

"The problem is they're saying 'no' to our children in favor of a bunch of guys who already have money," Gee said. "These kids don't have a vote ... they're the ones that are going to suffer and this country is going to suffer because they'll be uneducated."

The local Democratic groups plans to picket on future Mondays, and invites locals to come out to address local issues that worry them.

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