[2014-04-03] GroundHog continues to explore the events surrounding the Floral City bypass, Nachum Kalka's comprehensive plan amendment, and the County's Long Range Transportation Plan for 2035. Instead of providing a lengthy narrative the following videos are informative as to what occurred in 2010. GroundHog also provides the following timeline as a guide to how the events surrounding these issues unfolded.
Timeline for Floral City Bypass and the Long Range Transportation Plan 2035
2008 & 2009 – County employs Tindale-Oliver to conduct the transportation plan.
Spring 2010 – Transportation plan is the subject of a workshop by the County Commission. Developer Nachum Kalka attorney Clark Stillwell asks for a bypass around Floral City be included in the plan. The terminus for the bypass would be on Kalka property.
June 2010 – Floral Villages LLC (a Kalka company) submits Comprehensive Plan Amendment to re-zone property in south Floral City. The property is at the terminus of the proposed bypass and adjacent to Tarawood subdivision. The Plan amendment is passed unanimously by the Commissioners. Numerous citizens speak in opposition.
Aug. 2010 – Thrumston loses primary election to Rebecca Bays.
Aug./Sept. 2010 – The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) turns down the Floral Villages LLC Plan amendment.
Sept. 2010 – The County's Long Range Transportation Plan is officially adopted. Kalka attorney Stillwell speaks in favor. Commissioner Thrumston motions in support and the plan is adopted unanimously. Thrumston pushes for inclusion of the bypass in the transportaion plan.
October 2010 – Floral Villages submits a new small scale amendment to the comprehensive plan after receiving negative comments from DCA over their large scale plan. Commissioner Thrumston motions in support of the plan amendment – the motion passes unanimously. Numerous citizens again speak in opposition.
Oct. 2010 – Thrumston creates Tarawood Utiltities.
Nov. 2010 – Thrumston leaves elected office. Completes paperwork for Tarawood Utilities.
Dec. 2010 – Thrumston completes purchase of Tarawood Utilities.
Feb. 2013 – Commissioners continue to pursue the Long Range Transportation Plan and the Floral City bypass as being “conceptual.”
Feb/March 2014 – Commissioners recuse themselves regarding ties to developer Nachum Kalka over project in Sugarmill Woods. Public outcry causes scrutiny over who Kalka is and his ties to current and past County Commissioners.
April 2014 – Senator Charlie Dean asks Department of Transportation Secretary to cease funding and planning for Floral City bypass and Sugarmill Woods projects - a result of citizen complaints.