Storage facility construction

Heavy equipment moves dirt Thursday morning at the corner of North Page Avenue and Norvell Bryant Highway in Hernando. A storage facility is being constructed on the site.

If you’ve driven down County Road 486 lately, you will have noticed three fairly large parcels where trees have been cleared for development.

The Chronicle has received inquiries about them and decided to get the lowdown. 

Here’s what’s coming:

New emergency department

Work on Bayfront Health Seven Rivers’  $12.3 million freestanding emergency department at 795 W. Norvell Bryant (County Road 486) in Citrus Hills has begun in earnest.

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the site, which is adjacent to the Walgreens by Forest Ridge Boulevard. 

The county’s first freestanding ER department will contain 10,912 square feet and have eight examination rooms and 12 treatment centers that include radiology and on-site lab services.

The new facility will treat patients with illnesses and injuries that require a higher level of care offered by urgent care facilities.

New storage center

Three mini-warehouse buildings are going up at the southwest corner of C.R. 486 and North Page Avenue — between North Citrus Hills Boulevard and Croft Avenue in Hernando.

A county site permit shows there will also be room for open storage. The applicant, Citrus Hills Storage LLC, has not yet applied for a building permit.

Nursery/tree farm

Close to the warehouse/storage facility is a large piece of property on the northeast corner of C.R. 486 and Croft Avenue.

The 38-acre property will be a tree farm/nursery, according to former county commissioner Scott Adams, who once owned the lot. There will be mixed trees and plants for residential and commercial sale, Adams said.

County staffers say the property is zoned agricultural and the land-clearing being done conforms to that usage. As such, no permit is needed.

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Coyote Close-up

Coyote fossils have been found in Florida dating from 2.6 million to 11,700 years ago.

The red wolf kept coyotes from migrating east of the Mississippi until the 20th century. When the wolf population was decimated by humans, coyotes moved into every state.

There are between .2 and 1.2 coyotes per square mile in Florida—a total of between 13,000 and 70,000.

Adult coyotes weigh between 18 and 45 pounds. They hunt at night and can travel 2.5 miles in search of food. Their average litter is four to six pups. They can breed with wolves and dogs.

Coyotes are among the fastest mammals in North America, capable of running up to 50 mph.

CitrusCo Citizen

So ironic to bulldoze down centuries-old live oaks in order to build a nursery. That's his idea of "Progress" and Profit. Greed prevails, once again. Disgusting. What else is disgusting is to destroy natural habitat for yet another huge warehouse to store . . . STUFF. Enjoy the scenery, folks. We're on our way to being downtown Orlando. Or maybe Newark, only hotter.

Native Cracker

Everytime a parcel is cleared in the ridge area, home to the goper tortoise, the land should be surveyed for and any turles carefully removed and placed on adequate living area. The more land that is destroyed, the more wildlife is squeezed out. People must learn to live with bears and coyotes in their hoods as it was the animals' hood prior.

CitrusCo Citizen

I agree with you regarding the lack of protection of endangered species of Florida, e.g. gopher turtles, indigo snakes, and Florida Scrub Jays. But the coyote is not a native animal of Florida. Rumor has it that back in the day, there were no coyotes, but there were foxes and people liked to fox hunt (fancy outfits, horses, horns, dogs, and all). But when people realized the cruelty of the sport of fox hunting, it was banned. To replace foxhunting, a stupid dude imported coyotes from out West to chase and shoot and voila! , the coyotes multiplied anyway. Exponentially. And now, like cockroaches, they're here to stay. But I'm off topic--yes, these gas stations, fast food joints, warehouses, parking lots and other ventures are now ripping up and covering over ALL other habitat. I have a forest behind my house and every night I love to hear the owls hooting and the doves cooing. In the early morning, the trees are alive with birdsong. Do I only get one more year to hear them before the bulldozers start up? Probably,


"The 38-acre property will be a tree farm/nursery"... So they can pay low ag taxes while they wait for the property to increase in value and get it rezoned commercial or industrial?

Phunkasaurus Wrex


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