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By Jim Soda 941.809.7759 | Agent in Lakewood Ranch, FL

Will Lakewood Ranch Have A New Gun Club Soon?

The proposed clay shooting club to be built on 78 acres of land in Lakewood Ranch has stirred concerns from the Bayside Community and the Center Montessori School, both properties are to the west of the proposed gun club.

The plans of the proposed Ancient Oak Gun Club includes 25 shooting stations on the area currently zoned for agricultural use, just three-quarters of a mile south of State Road 64 East. Shooters will use shotguns at each shooting station in an attempt to hit clay targets.

The Center Montessori School uses its area for an outdoor nature laboratory, and with the gun club just less than 4,000 feet from its property, many parents have expressed their concerns. Parents are not comfortable exposing their children to gunshot sounds.

Wayne Evans who has been chosen by Schroeder-Manatee Ranch to be in charge of the proposed gun range insisted that the proposed gun club in Lakewood Ranch will be far from anything else, and has been quoted to say, “there is absolutely no safety issue whatsoever”. Based on his experience managing other gun clubs, Evans explains that he knows well how far noise and shots can go, and assures that the plans for the golf club has been thoroughly studied for safety.

Despite Evans’ assurance, officials from the school and church have registered their objections during a public meeting held last December 19 before hearing officer Lori Dorman, giving the hearing officer 21 days to make a ruling on the request for a special permit to allow a gun club at the site in Lakewood Ranch.

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