Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Rezoning Request for Horses Rejected by Clay Commission

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Rezoning Request for Horses Rejected by Clay Commission

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GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- Homeowners in the Fox Meadows subdivision

can rest easy. They don't have to worry about the sounds of

horses neighing, cows mooing, or chickens cackling.

A request for the rezoning of 23.5 acres from residential to

agricultural use was unanimously rejected by the Clay County

Commission during a public hearing Tuesday night.

Approximately 75 Fox Meadows homeowners attended a public

hearing on the rezoning proposal and 14 of them spoke against

the applicant's request, including Donald and Helen Wentworth of

Saddle Horn Trail.

"We don't need the dust, noise and commotion that this would

bring there," Donald Wentworth told commissioners.

Helen Wentworth said she and her husband bought a home in Fox

Meadows because it was a tranquil area and a real estate agent

had assured them that it would remain strictly residential.

Allowing people to board horses and raise cows, she said, would

disturb the serene quality of the community.

The Wentworths' view was shared by everyone who spoke. No one

spoke in favor of the rezoning request.

Some residents said they had heard rumors that if the rezoning

were approved applicant Jeffrey Michocki might build a boarding

facility for up to 60 horses and possibly an equestrian training

center.

Michocki, of Live Oak Lane, was not present at the meeting. But

during a Sept. 3 meeting of the Clay County Planning Commission,

which recommended denial of the request, he and his wife said

they only wanted to be able to board the family's four horses

and raise a couple of cows on their property.

Michocki's daughter is a member of Clay County 4-H and has won

awards representing the county at statewide horse shows.

Neighbors said they liked the Michocki family and wouldn't

object to their keeping a few of their own horses on their

property. However, they all said they vehemently oppose rezoning

the property because it could then be commercially developed.

"The Michockis are nice people," said Greg Monroe, who said he

bought his home on Saddle Horn Trail in 1992. …

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