Hearing to be reopened on Lakewood Ranch gun club

jajones1@bradenton.comJanuary 23, 2013 

MANATEE -- Schroeder-Manatee Ranch officials had hoped the hearing officer would sign off on a special permit application Wednesday that would allow them to open a clay shooting club at Lakewood Ranch.

But instead, hearing office Lori Dorman is reopening the hearing out of concern about noise from gunfire.

The proposed site plan may not satisfy the screening requirements under the land development code, Dorman wrote.

Even if the plan does not violate the code, additional impact mitigation factors should be considered to ensure the health, safety and welfare of others in the area, she wrote.

John Barnott, Manatee County building and development services director, said the date for reopening the hearing would have to be coordinated with SMR and the hearing officer.

Among those expressing concerns about SMR locating the gun club off State Road 64 and Uihlein Road were neighbors, Center Montessori School and Bayside Community Church.

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