Martin County planners to propose regulations for truck stops in the county

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. -- "Not in my backyard."

That familiar battle cry may be sounded Thursday night, as Martin County residents prepare to meet with commissioners to discuss truck stops in the county.

Commissioners will hear proposed regulations that county planners hope will be adopted to set standards for truck stops that could be proposed in the future.

Currently, county leaders say there are no regulations on the books regarding truck stops in the county.

This meeting comes not long after a controversial  truck stop was proposed on Kanner Highway last year.

County leaders plan to present several regulations.

Some of those include requiring that trucks only have access to major arterial roadways, such as I-95, Kanner Highway, or the Turnpike.

Trucks would not be able to keep their engines idle for more than 5 minutes and could not remain parked for more than 72 hours.

Additionally, any parking spaces and structures would have to be built at least 50 feet away from all property lines.

When a truck stop was proposed in the county last year, hundreds of Martin County residents signed petitions against the project. Many cited concerns about safety, traffic and pollution, and no regulations for truck stops.

County leaders hope the regulations, if adopted, would ease some of their concerns, wanting to make the truck stops "the most environmentally friendly, and contribute to the high quality of life that Martin County strives for," according to Clude Dulin, Principal Planner for Martin County.

The county stresses there are currently no truck stop locations being considered.

Some residents say they don't want the regulations to open the door for truck stops to be approved in the future.

"It's just another ruse where the people who want the truck stop get their way. You put it 50 feet back? 50 feet? What is that? I mean, that's not even the length of a tractor trailer," said resident Dorothea White.

"Having regulations I don't think is a bad thing. I just don't want a truck stop near us," said resident Carolyn Dalton.

The county is in the middle of an 18-month moratorium where it cannot approve any truck stop applications.

Robert Stevenson, owner of the Marathon gas station and site of the truck stop proposed last year says he will be proposing to build a truck stop again when the moratorium is done.




 

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