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The Levy County Commission agreed with a plea made by the owner of an RV park on State Road 24 and unanimously agreed to waive payment of $11,277 in impact fees for the construction of the Cedar Key General Store at the RV park.
Joe Florentine, of Spring Lake, N.J., owner of Florentine Recreation LLC and Cedar Key General Store LLC, made the request in a public hearing held during Tuesday's commission meeting. The store will be built in front of the park at 7690 S.W. State Road 24.
“This is not a new project,” Florentine said. “We're building a building on the site … and doing so within 5 years of the closure of the building that caught fire and burned down.”
Regulations allow the county to waive the impact fees if a permanent replacement building goes up within five years and is the same size. Florentine said he has six months to meet that deadline.
The Cypress Station store burned in September 2007 and a temporary building was placed there until April 2010.
The only difference between the old and new buildings, Florentine said, is that federal flood regulations require the building to be off the ground on stilts due to the risk of flooding. He assured a resident that despite the height requirement, the building will be handicapped accessible.
“I just acquired the property out there in conjunction with the RV resort,” Florentine said. “I am putting a substantial investment in that.”
He said he will be buying fuel for the store's gas pumps from a local distributor and selling it under the Marathon brand.
Commissioner Mike Joyner of Morriston (R-District 3) said, “We absolutely need that store there. The community needs that store there.”
Florentine said this will not be his last visit before the commission as he is planning an expansion of the RV park in the next year. Earlier this year, the commission approved adding 16 spaces to the park.