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Neighbors in Brooksville, Fla.’s Ridge Manor who strongly opposed a recreational vehicle park adjacent to their residential communities may get a reprieve, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

While the county commission earlier this month voted 3 to 2 to approve the project, one of those who said yes said Tuesday (March 22) that he has rethought the decision and wants the proposal to come back before the commission for new vote. And then the commission voted 3 to 2 to rehear the case of Bob Carson’s recreational vehicle plan under the name Just So You Know LLC.

Commissioner Nick Nicholson said after Tuesday’s meeting that he believes he made a mistake at the earlier hearing.

“I brought up the wetlands and the flood plain and how it’s probably not feasible to build the thing … and then I voted for it,” he said. “I blew it.”

Carson proposed putting 151 RVs including 17 permanent units on a 28-acre parcel between the Whispering Oaks and Ridge Manor Estates residential communities. The entrance would be off U.S. 301.

The proposal, which was recommended for denial by the Planning and Zoning Commission, has divided residents of the area. Dozens signed petitions and complained to the planning commission that the park was not compatible with their neighborhoods, would cause property values to fall, would exacerbate flooding problems and would destroy their peaceful, safe community.

But others in the community had a different perspective and they filled the commission chambers at the meeting in early March wearing bright green shirts showing their support for the plan.

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