Recently Laurel learned that the Nielsens have asked the Marion County board of commissioners to hear an appeal of their proposed lot partitioning in Spring Lake Estates that was denied by a hearings officer. We’ve gotten a copy of the appeal request letter that was written by Nick Coffey, the Nielsen’s hydrologist. There don’t appear to be any new facts presented in the letter, just arguments that the old facts were misinterpreted by the hearings officer. This is good news, because our understanding is that the commissioners usually won’t even consider an appeal of a denied partitioning unless new facts are brought to light that weren’t known to the hearings officer. But the board may decide to hear the appeal, in which case Laurel and the Stop Densification in Spring Lake Estates Committee will once again enter the fight on the side of truth, justice, and the environmental way.