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Anti-Walmart, WaWa Group Not Giving Up Fight

A Hillsborough County hearing master approved the zoning despite large opposition.

Hillsborough Zoning Master Steve Luce has recommended approval of a proposed zoning for a Walmart neighborhood grocery and a Wawa convenience store and gas station on the northwest corner of Floyd Road.

The decision comes after a contentious zoning meeting held last month when more than 200 members of the 813CARe organization showed up in protest of the zoning.

They cited depreciating property values, traffic woes and environmental risk as reasons to deny the zoning.

The group responded to the zoning master's decision today via Facebook stating it would not stop in opposing the development.

"We need to bombard the County Commissioners with our opposition - letters, calls, email and get as many of our friends, family and neighbors to do the same," stated one post on the group's Facebook page.

The proposed development would mean rezoning a 10-acre space at the northwest corner of Floyd Road and North Dale Mabry Highway. It would consist of an approximately 48,000-square-foot Walmart neighborhood grocery and a 6,000-square-foot WaWa convenience store with gas pumps.

The zoning decision now goes before the Hillsborough County Commission during its Dec. 11 meeting for a final vote.

Public comment will be accepted at the Dec. 11 meeting, however, speakers must sign up with the county commission's clerk first between Nov. 5-15.

What do you think about the zoning master's decision to move ahead with zoning? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Walt Mickler November 06, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Remind the country commission that they represent us, NOT Walmart! Their primary concern must be for our liefstyle, quality of life, and our local economy!!
rcarol January 16, 2013 at 03:16 PM
A convenience stored called "WaWa"? really? LOL how degrading for Carrollwood to have a store named WaWa--it sounds more like it belongs on the Honey BooBoo TV show.

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