Residents oppose whole body animal crematory in Morriston neighborhood


GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) – After outcry from neighbors, the Levy County Planning Commission advisable denying a whole body animal crematory in a Morriston neighborhood on Monday. Residents mentioned their avenue just isn’t the correct place for a crematorium.

“It’s a good idea in the wrong place,” neighbor Tara Keel mentioned.

About a dozen residents spoke on the planning assembly towards an animal crematory particularly for horses proposed by D&N Equine Recovery.

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Bianca Odonnell has so much line adjoining with the property and mentioned her and her neighbors weren’t knowledgeable.

“With a crematorium what you’re looking at is animals 24/7 that are diseased or dead will be brought to our neighborhood where they will be disposed of by fire which then will release particles into the air which can contaminate our water as well as our crops,” neighbor Bianca Odonnell mentioned.

D&N Owner Michael Degrande reassured the board that the crematory would emit zero smoke.

“This crematorium will be permitted through the Florida DEP. It will meet and exceed all Florida air quality regulations,” DeGrande mentioned.

The crematory could be positioned on 10 acres with two chambers and is simply acres from neighbors property on Southeast twenty third place in Morriston.

“These are actually quite simple machines that have been engineered to be clean burning and highly efficient,” DeGrande added.

“Some residents say a whole body animal crematory is a good thing for this area but putting it in a neighborhood is a bad call.”

“Pollution is definitely a concern and our property values,” Keel mentioned.  “I’ve spoken with a realtor from one of the largest real estate companies in Levy County and she did assure me that this could very well affect our property values negatively.”

The planning fee denied the request unanimously with considerations that D&N Equine Recovery was not asking to rezone the property as business.

Instead they wish to maintain the present zoning as agricultural rural residential as a result of animals had been concerned.

“We don’t want the traffic,” Keel added. “We of course don’t want the pollution. It’s just not the right place.”

While the planning committee denied the request, the merchandise is on the agenda for the board of Levy County commissioners on Feb. 8 at 9 a.m.

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