TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (WFLA) – A luxury apartment complex with hundreds of units arrives at a site on the Anclote River in Tarpon Springs.
City commissioners approved the plans for Anclote Harbor apartments early Wednesday morning after listening to eight hours of public commentary.
In total, city leaders heard three nightly commentary sessions on the project.
âOur decision must be made on the basis of the evidence presented to us. Of course, how you feel and what the law says is different.
Community members left the town hall around 3:30 a.m., many of them unhappy with the approval of the project. Those who oppose the apartments say they are concerned about preserving wetlands and wildlife, building in a risky flood zone, and increasing traffic to the United States.
“If you want to build 400 apartments, go find another site, because you are not going to build it on this land,” said Chris Hrabovsky.
Developers at the Morgan Group say they are tackling these issues.
Others say they see the benefit of building the complex.
âWhen they live here they spend money in this community, also think of business owners,â said BJ Wolf.
Plans show that there will be 404 luxury apartments on the 74-acre site at 42501 North US 19. The project will require permits from state agencies, including the Florida Department of Transportation, before construction can. to start.
âI can go on and on on each permit indefinitely, but every aspect of it will be questioned and it will take a long time and they will eventually give up, just like Walmart gave up,â Hrabovsky said.