LEE COUNTY — The combat for the Fiddlesticks gate has begun once more.
The Fiddlesticks housing group has put in one other utility for a gate onto Briarcliff Rd. after the final proposal was denied final 12 months.
However owners on Briarcliff Rd. are voicing their opposition, saying it might deliver an excessive amount of site visitors by their neighborhood.
We noticed how quiet the street was once we got here out Wednesday afternoon. It’s a peacefulness Ernesto Mentible is afraid may be destroyed if a brand new gate goes in.
“Sure I’m anxious. I stroll my canine. I see my neighbors with their children biking down this avenue,” stated Mentible, who lives off of Briarcliff Rd.
We talked with neighbors similar to Mentible final December, who protested exterior the Lee County Fee assembly. In addition they created a petition opposing the gate, which prior to now 12 months has obtained greater than 2,800 signatures.
Mantible stated that is for good motive.
“This may be primary an endangerment of us, quantity two a degrading of our, principally our high quality of life, and quantity three a degrading of our property values,” stated Mantible.
The distinction this time is that the proposed gate would solely permit residents of the Fiddlesticks group to make use of it, not work vans or builders.
However the plan has by no means been introduced up for public remark, one thing Briarcliff Rd. resident Ron Edenfield identified on the Fee assembly final week.
“I’d merely ask that the Board, this Board suggest to employees that this undergo a public listening to course of,” stated Edenfield throughout a time within the assembly when the general public may remark about objects not on the agenda.
Mentible stated he’s anxious that the gate may get accepted with none public assembly, however he stated he plans to jot down a letter to make his voice heard.
“We’re not imply folks, however we are going to defend our greatest curiosity, and our greatest curiosity shouldn’t be for a gate to be right here,” stated Mentible.
We reached out to each the County and to Fee Chair Cecil Pendergrass, as a result of the proposed undertaking is in his district. We realized there was no administrative listening to on the undertaking Wednesday, however the County couldn’t inform us when it may be up for overview sooner or later.