• Vote delayed on Lake Jesup Nature Center proposal near Black Hammock


    OVIEDO, Fla. - Residents in Seminole County continued their fight Tuesday against the expansion of an Oviedo nature center next to Black Hammock Adventures.

    On Tuesday, county commissioners once again gathered to discuss the proposal, but then postponed the decision until January, a move some residents were relieved to hear.

    About a year ago, Joel Martin bought 20 acres of land next to his Black Hammock Adventures business, hoping to turn it into a new tourist attraction called the Lake Jesup Nature Center.

    "You would be surprised how many people do not know what we have here," Martin said.

    According to documents obtained by Channel 9, Martin wants to put seven guest cottages on the property, a marina for boat tours and a miniature golf course, but neighbors aren't onboard on board with the plan.

    "What we're dealing with is 10 years of a long, slow slide into a bad situation," said Oviedo resident Robert King.

    King is spearheading the fight against the nature center. On Tuesday, both he and Martin showed up at the Seminole County Commission Chambers hoping to get an end to their long battle, but commissioners delayed their vote.

    Martin told Channel 9 he was unhappy with that decision, but King said it was a good call.

    "The fact that they're taking their time is probably a good thing as opposed to rushing to a decision that's not going to address the problems," he said.

    Seminole County commissioners will regroup again at a commission meeting on Jan. 14 to discuss the issue and possibly vote.

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    Vote delayed on Lake Jesup Nature Center proposal near Black Hammock