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Trailer Park Decision Held Up by Council Gresham Proposal Studied But Members Put Off Zoning Decision To Monday After spending more than three hours listening to pro and con arguments from the floor and dis cussing the question among them selves, city councilmen last night put off until next Monday night a decision on a request that a portion portion of the Class A residential zone on Linhart avenue be changed to business classification to allow dc velopment of a trailer park. The vote for postponement was 3 to 2. Councilman Scott Hough moved that the decision be delayed "to allow more time for study." His motion was seconded by Council man W. H. Reynolds and Council man Tom Fink joined in favoring postponement. Councilmen Harry McWhorter and E. E. Edenfield, holding "we might as well face the issue now, opposed the action. 100 at Hearing Approximately 100 persons at tended the second hearing on the request made by Cpl. Travis Gresham, local veteran of the European theater, for the zoning change. His petition was denied more than a month ago by the zoning board of review but it was later determined that the board had no authority to act on the question because it involved a change in the city zoning ordinance if the request were granted. Dr. T. A.' Gresham, father of the pe unoner, explained mat ms son was in Camp Gordon Johnston awaiting discharge and could not attend the hearing. Saying he was not speaking for ny group," Mr. Anderson, who lives in a tourist development nearby on Tamiami Trail, said he could see no objection to another in the vicinity. Other veterans sun- sun- porting the change were Bob Collins, Collins, American Legion adjutant who said the organization received many inquiries from veterans about trailer accommodations, and Jimmie Henderson who suggested that Linhart avenue, as one of the few connecting streets between the Trail and McGregor boulevard, be zoned for business. Opening the argument for his clienf. Mr. Wood held that the decision should ' riot Hfrbtitti ttn what effect the change would have on "the few nearby" but rather on the long-range long-range long-range benefit to the city as a whole. "This is the city's first oppor tunity to get a first class trailer camp, he said. "If we are going to compete with other cities we must do what they are doing. We ask the council to permit this public public improvement to be made." Vets for Gresham Included among those attending the hearing was a group of service men and veterans, some of whom spoke in favor of granting Cpl. Gresham's request. Presence of the group was injected into the argument following a statement by Attorney Parker Holt, who said he represented some 40 property owners owners opposed to the request, that pressure groups should, not be considered by the council in readi ng its decision. "I don't know whether there's any pressure group here or not," answered William J. Wood, attorney attorney for Cpl. Gresham, in rebuttal, 'but if there is, it s the same pres sure group which landed in Normandy Normandy and Okinawa." Attorney Holt hastened to reply IContinued on Page Four

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  2. 27 Nov 1945, Tue,
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