by Stephanie McLeod
Each time I drive across the bridge I say my blessings for the opportunity I had to grow up in such a remarkable community. With wonderful people and a pristine environment, Homosassa provides a healthy atmosphere for the enrichment of its citizens.
However, such notable attributes have been changing. The tremendous growth our community is experiencing has placed a strain on our most distinguished resource, water. You have read time and again the statistics reminding us how much water we don't have, or even how we are polluting our own rivers, but what do you do about it?
As a citizen, you should feel obligated to help make a difference. I'm not asking that you go door to door serving as an advocate for our number one resource (although that would be nice). I'm asking that you turn the faucet off while brushing your teeth or shaving your legs. I'm asking that you use water-friendly fertilizers on your grass and only water your lawn when you are supposed to. I'm asking that you join the Save The Homosassa River Alliance and the Homosassa Civic Club. I'm asking tha tyou make a difference.
To make a difference, we all need to work collectively in building a sustainable environment for Homosassa. The community and the individual must mutually reinforce each other. Being part of the ideograph “Gem of the Nature Coast” will not be warranted if we don't work together and save our water, specifically our rivers. So, get out there and get involved … make a difference! After all, a community is only as strong as its individuals.
Stephanie, a native of Old Homosassa, is a Graduate Student at the University of Florida. She is writing a thesis on sustainable development, focusing on Citrus County.