Previous articleOrange County Election Official: “Early voting in Apopka the same for last 10 years”Next articleOrange County Combats Homelessness Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Tenita Reid Tenita You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Tenita Reid April 7, 2016 at 6:06 pm It is April Fool’s Day, Friday, April 1st, 2016. I saw a lot of smoke and something burning north of Publix on Rock Springs Road today. I did not drive out that way, but I bet I can guess what it was, probably another “controlled burn” by the Florida Forest Service. This is ridiculous! The prevention is as bad as what they are trying to prevent, which is forest fires. Go figure. What difference does it matter if lightning starts the fire, or the Florida Forest Service? If lightning starts it, I say, then God intended it to happen, but when they do it, it is devastation trail to the wildlife, the forest, the habitat. A day ago I drove down Welch Road, and saw a deer near the green area around the lake. Today I saw wild turkeys. I understand why they do controlled burns but this is too often, and too many acres, and they are destroying our forests and wildlife, what is left, after the road building, the home building, the commercial building, and the hunts, and especially the bear hunt, where too many permits are issued!!! I don’t believe the FWC bear counts!!! Tenita Reid March 20, 2016 at 5:08 pm Tenita Reid Jennifer, I am concerned about the state conducting too many “controlled burns” in our area. The state is aerial setting fires at Lake Apopka Northshore, Rock Springs Reserve, Wekiva area, and Rock Springs Road area. This is killing off our wildlife, and burning and torching all kinds of animals. I have also noticed the state conducted burns before the bear hunt, and that is not right! It is causing breathing problems and burning eyes for me, and others, and I really feel for people with asthma. These burns are occurring too frequently, and it is not necessary. Lake Apopka Northshore is suppose to be a bird restoration area, and this is ridiculous, to aerial torch that area! You need to bring these concerns to the state. Please do something as you are our representative! I went to visit Ms. Sullivan on March 25, 2016 to speak to her with my concerns about these too frequent controlled burns which I think is killing off wildlife, destroying habitat, and causing breathing problems for people. Ms. Sullivan was not there, but an aide was there, and I talked with her. Someone told me it was her first day on the job. She was a really nice helpful lady, named Morgan Hatfield. She was, again, very helpful, and wrote down all my concerns to pass on to our state representative, Ms. Sullivan. I joked with Morgan about her last name, and I said something to the nature of “oh, the Hatfields and McCoys”. She then told me that there is also someone on Jennifer’s team with the last name McCoy. I laughed. I will let you all know what I am eventually told about all of these controlled burns being conducted by the Florida Forest Service. There is an article in today’s Orlando Sentinel (March 28th, 2016) page A1, bottom half, about the subject, “Florida’s wildfires tackled in many ways”. According to the article, the aerial burns are to prevent bigger wildfires, especially from lightning, and are started using what looks like fiery ping pong balls dropped from a helicopter, at 2,000 acres of Polk Co. wild land. That is the land parcel example referred to in the article. It is all over the state, and especially here in our area around Apopka. Too many acres going up in flames, destroying habitat, and wildlife. Read the article. They use a machine that injects anti-freeze into white plastic spheres filled with a flammable substance creating a chemical reaction that sparks within seconds! Just because a government agency tells you something is SOOOO necessary, don’t always assume they are correct!!! More later, on this subject. April 1, 2016 at 2:35 pm Tenita Reid Reply Tenita Reid Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 April 7, 2016 at 10:50 pm Reply Tenita Reid Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom March 28, 2016 at 3:35 pm 8 COMMENTS Tonight on Fox 35 news watch the video of the brush fire that threatened homes and burnt a bear cub that weighed 15 to 20 pounds and was rescued. No sign of its mother. 277 acres burnt. Nothing new! Does not id it as a controlled burn, but I suspect it was, because they screwed up and almost set nearby homes on fire, and burned wild animals. When will these controlled burns be stopped? Do people not care about the wildlife? Burnt on its face and paws. See for yourself. I am not carrying on about this for the heck of it, it is wrong! Reply March 29, 2016 at 3:39 pm If you live north of 441 you are most likely in District 31 and Jennifer Sullivan is your State Representative in Tallahassee.Representative Sullivan routinely schedules office hours in Apopka to answer questions and assist constituents.The next opportunity to meet with Sullivan and/or her staff will be on Friday, March 25, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Apopka City Hall.Please call Sullivan’s aide, Morgan Miller, at 352-742-6275 for an appointment.If you need immediate assistance, contact Sullivan’s local office at 352-742-6275.The local office is located at 2755 South Bay Street, Unit D, Eustis 32726, and is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Reply Please enter your name here Reply I have just one more thing to say today. Do you think it is right for them to set fires in Wekiva State Park, as controlled burns, while there are campers out there, who came to enjoy Florida’s beauty and tranquility? I’m sure they really enjoyed there camp out with that fire burning all around them, with the resulting black soot, and smoked up air, that burned their eyes, and made it hard for them to breathe? I watched it on tv. It is not right! UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Drive down Welch Road and head east, go past Thompson Road, and head on further, and look out to the left all along the Wekiva State Park fenced in area, and look at what these controlled burns are doing. Go on a little further, and look at the camping trailers there parked, in the middle of it, and look at how close the fire was to people camping there! Tell me what you think, after you go for a ride, to see how close the fire was to the camping area! Do you think that is right to do that in a state park with campers there to have a family fun outing? Usually you drive by and see deer, wild turkeys, and sometimes armadillos. The park land is burnt to a crisp! Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter March 28, 2016 at 2:13 pm Reply Jennifer, I don’t know if you are seeing this posting, but the state is burning animals again with their controlled burns, and it is going on today, in Wekiva State Forest! This is wrong! This is too often! I am going to have to schedule a visit to come talk to you, to forward my concerns to the state, about this subject. It is ridiculous! Reply Please enter your comment! March 23, 2016 at 5:05 pm LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply No response from Ms. Sullivan, my state representative, yet about these excessive controlled burns. I am still waiting for her phone call…….