ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- People who live in the Nelmar Terrace neighborhood have always worried about traffic from a proposed nearby 7-Eleven.
Now they're coming into the fight from another angle.
"There is definitely the potential for pollution getting into our waterway," said Jessica Misterly.
7-Eleven is eyeing the vacant corner of May and San Marco across from the Carousel. The store and gas station would sit on the edge of the historic Nelmar Terrace neighborhood.
"Hospital Creek is a couple blocks away and flows into the Intracoastal Waterway and then the inlet is nearby," said Misterly.
Environmental affects from the gas station's runoff are included in the neighborhood's appeal to city of St. Augustine, aiming to stop the 7-Eleven.
George McClure represents 7-Eleven locally. He says the company will provide storm water treatment and abide by state and local requirements. He argues the neighborhood's runoff will be worse than 7-Eleven's.
"Like a lot of older subdivisions in the area, Nelmar Terrace has no storm water treatment itself. There is not a single pond there," McClure said.
The empty lot is zoned for businesses like a gas station, but
some residents said it's a bad location for the project.
Whether the concern is traffic, historic appearance guidelines, or environmental impacts the neighborhood is ready for a fight.
"We're attacking this project from every angle possible," resident Gina Shaffer said.
First Coast News