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Monday, February 11, 2008

Of good science and good sense

Published Feb. 10, 2008
The blue-ribbon task force charged with rewriting the controversial Marion County Springs Protection Ordinance knows they have a lot of work to do and little time in which to do it. So focus and efficiency count.

That was the underlying theme Thursday at the second meeting of the County Commission-appointed Aquifer and Springs Protection Task Force. Committee member Jimmy Gooding, an Ocala development lawyer, guided his colleagues through the 64-page proposal and identified those sections that he called "controversial," based on citizens' objections during recent commission hearings on the ordinance. Gooding was the logical person for the job since he attended the hearings and most of the ordinance's vocal dissenters are construction-related interests, some of whom Gooding said he has represented.
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