By: Elizabeth Nickerson
October 15, 2013
Wakulla County, FL- The Wakulla County commission has not yet found a resolution for the wetlands ordinance. Now, the Planning and Zoning Division voted to do away with the current 75 foot buffer rule. Residents like David Wesolowski hope the commissioners were listening.
"We're not asking for special privileges here, we just want to be able to use our property and were not asking the buffer to go away were just asking it to change," said David Wesolowski, a Wakulla County property owner.
Wesolowski owns five acres of land in Crawfordville. The property owner says he is asking for less than one percent of the space that he owns to build a home for his family, but he says with the current restrictions he will not be able to use his own land.
"We put in a lot of money into this property, If I can't do anything with it and I can't sell it, it's a big deal. It does create a hardship because we now have a piece of land that I can't do anything with and I can't even sell it."
Wesolowski says his property is outlined in red and he is only allowed to build in the pink area. He says he does not want to destroy Wakulla's natural resources, but he wants the state to handle it, not the county.
"I can possibly get a variance for a dwelling, but I can not, with this law in place, get a variance for a septic system," said Wesolowski.
The board will vote on whether or not to do away with the buffer on November 4th.
The public is invited to attend the meeting, which will take place at the County Commission offices at 6 p.m. The outcome of the vote will then go to the state.