Spring Hill Chicken Fight
Carol Aquilante of Spring Hill has petitioned the Hernando County Commission to allow her to raise and keep 3-4 chickens in her backyard. Ms. Aquilante’s backyard backs up to a heavily wooded area of Spring Hill (i.e. along the power line access) and has only one neighbor living next to her.
The County can do one of three things in response to Ms. Aquilante’s request… they can (1) revise the zoning rules to allow 3-4 chickens per house in Spring Hill, ban Roosters, and require a tax penalty for having a chicken coop, (2) grant Ms. Aquilante a waiver which would allow her to have chickens on her property for a certain amount of time, (3) refute Ms. Aquilante’s request and order code enforcement to seize her chickens and fine her for having them.
Given the mentality of the Hernando County Board of County Commissioners with their recent county-wide ban on work vehicles in personal driveways, their county-wide ban on home businesses, their county-wide ban on wolf hybrid dogs (yet pitt bulls are some how legal?), and their hundred or so code ordinances that restrict personal liberties and effectively turn Hernando County into one giant gated community we here at the Heckler don’t believe that option 1 or option 2 will be granted to Ms. Aquilante.
Speaking of chickens my family eats fried chicken on Thanksgiving instead of turkey… last year we had turkey and the bird was horrible. The meat was tough and despite over marinating the bird, and seasoning it to high hell it tasted awful. The meet was just bad. So last year we swore off Yankee raised turkeys and decided that we would eat a good Southern bird that is raised and prepared here in Florida. but I must digress…
If the County ends up granting Ms. Aquilante a waiver or re-writes the code, which they won’t, but if they do then the Yankees in Spring Hill will complain and throw a fit. You see these carpet baggers want to turn Spring Hill into a gated community like the Villages, and like the Villages they want every house the same color, no fences, no wild lands, no wild animals, no work vehicles, no home businesses, no fire pits, no sheds, no large dogs, and so fourth. These jack asses are like a biblical plaque upon our holy Southern soil and its about time we let em know who is boss, and the chickens will go a long way towards sending that message to them.
Today its chickens in every yard… tomorrow its sheds in the backyard… next week its Confederate and Southern flags flying from flag poles, and who knows a few years from now its no Yankees left in Spring Hill!
A bit lofty? Sure, but at this point we Southerners in West Hernando only have lofty hopes left at reclaiming this land.