County commissioners vote 5-0 to OK new gun range near Mulberry

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County commissioners vote 5-0 to OK new gun range near Mulberry

Post by lakelandman » Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:00 pm

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BARTOW — County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a shooting range west of Mulberry that will allow for handgun and rifle practice.
There was little opposition to the range after a residential developer in the area and the owner of JTAC Ranch reached an agreement on the scope and design of the range, which will be located north of Nichols Road and east of the Hillsborough County line.


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The owner of the range has agreed to return to the county for a new, conditional-use permit or terminate operations once construction begins on the nearby Eagle Ridge residential development.
In addition, Tara Tedrow, a lawyer for the developer, said during the county meeting that the gun-range owners specified that the range will be only for handguns and rifles. There had been discussions about using the range for rocket propelled grenades.
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Also on Tuesday, commissioners:

‒ Voted 5-0 to approve a $63,750 tax break each year for the next 10 years for Aldi. The supermarket chain plans to expand its distribution center in Haines City. Documents show the company plans to add 30 new jobs that will pay employees at least 115 percent of the county’s annual wage.

Before the vote, County Commissioner George Lindsey asked Tedrow whether she was still concerned about bullets landing off the 1,500-acre range.
“There will always be concerns with any firearm use,” Tedrow said. “That is inherent to any firearms use.”
But Tedrow added that her client was content with the agreement the two sides reached.
Bart Allen, a lawyer for JTAC Ranch, said a lane of the gun range will be 2,000 yards, unusually long for ranges in the state.
“This will be something unique for Polk County,” Allen said. “There is a need for this type of facility.”
A noise study conducted in May showed that the range would be in compliance with all state standards.
The range will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., but could stay open until 10 p.m. once a month. The closest homes that have been built are located about a half-mile southwest of the range.
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Re: County commissioners vote 5-0 to OK new gun range near Mulberry

Post by dammitgriff » Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:21 pm

Even though I don’t live there, that is good news, thanks for posting.
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Re: County commissioners vote 5-0 to OK new gun range near Mulberry

Post by lakelandman » Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:03 am

NO problem.
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Re: County commissioners vote 5-0 to OK new gun range near Mulberry

Post by butcharoot » Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:38 am

Will be great to have a range closer to home.

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