Hawthorne approves new land-use layout for development
Published December 6th, 2016
HAWTHORNE, Fla. -- A little town is trying to get business booming, but some people aren’t too happy to hear about the possible change in lifestyle.
Hawthorne residents' biggest worry with bringing in business is that they enjoy living there because it is a small town, not despite of it.
That and environmental concerns have created a heated debate with people in Hawthorne for quite sometime now.
City council members passed a new layout for land use. About a fourth of the land that was going to be considered “mixed use” for businesses and homes has now been marked off as conservation areas for wildlife.
Despite those tweaks in the plan, it still doesn’t appeal to everyone, and those who do want to develop are being cautious in their approach.
“We want to maintain our rural character but we also want opportunity for our citizens to be employed, get a good education, and to raise a family here and not have to move off somewhere else,” Mayor Matt Surrency said.
The amendment may have passed, but it’s still a stepping stone in the whole process.
There’s an idea of what can go where now, but council members still have a lot of details to work out before anyone begins to build.
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