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TRAILER PARK j DECISION HELD UP BY COUNCIL Continued from Page Onel that he did not speak "disparag ingly of any pressure group," as stated by Mr. W ood, but that legal rights involved rather than any group on either side should be fol-J fol-J fol-J lowed in reaching a decision. "We don't-want don't-want don't-want to make a veterans veterans or anti-veterans anti-veterans anti-veterans issue out of this or anything else that goes across this council table," Mr. Holt continued. Soldiers Stick Together Later, Clifford Anderson, one of the veterans, remarked that "it is not at all unnatural for those with mutual interests to stick together. I think the council should be highly elated to see its young citizens taking an interest in what goes on down here." Protest Filed Mr. Holt held that the action would "greatly depreciate" the value of property now owned by residents and other property for residential purposes in the future. He said the change would "do violence violence to the legal rights of the people in the immediate vicinity." "W e 11 never get FHA help here if this sort of thing is allowed," continued Mr. Holt in bringing up the rigid restrictions laid down by the federal housing administration. administration. Among those protesting the ac tion was Joseph McGinty who con tended that a change in the Lin-hart Lin-hart Lin-hart section would result in business business encroachments in other residential residential districts. Finally, he continued continued ,this procedure would result result im an undesirable "hodgepodge" "hodgepodge" throughout the city. Dave Ireland, another protester, said he did not doubt young Gresh-am's Gresh-am's Gresh-am's intention and ability to run an unobjectionable enterprise but pointed out that the business might be sold to a less desirable operator at a later date. Not Much Pleasure When the arguments from the floor had been completed. Mayor Dave Shapard asked, "well what's your pleasure gentlemen?" ! "It's not much of a pleasure," replied Councilman Hough. Councilman Reynolds said he thought it was "dangerous" to change only a small part of a zone and continued that home owners would never be protected if changes were made according to the "whims of the council in power." power." On the other hand, he said he did not believe that trailer park would prove "near the evil they think it is." He also pointed out on the zoning map that there was no area in any city business zone by a large tourist camp development. development. "I'd like to vote both ways," commented Councilman Edenfield. "I think the city needs a trailer park but it doesn't seem advisable to change a zone which has been set up for residential purposes." "Fort Myers has passed the village village stage and is progressing," said Councilman McWhorter who at the previous hearing had spoken spoken in favor of the request. "We've got to look toward the future and make changes. I handled that property property for six years when it was a broken down orange grove and feel that anything would be better better than what was there. We even killed a rattlesnake with 13 rattlers rattlers in there once." After failing to reach a decision, the council voted on Mr Hough's motion a few minutes later.

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  1. News-Press,
  2. 27 Nov 1945, Tue,
  3. Page 4

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