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Boynton Beach neighborhood fights proposed fast food restaurant

Posted at 4:32 PM, Feb 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-21 18:00:23-05

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla.-- A Boynton Beach neighborhood is fighting a plan to build a fast food restaurant across the street. The city will have a public hearing next Tuesday for the empty lot at SE 23rd Avenue and Federal Highway. The Planning and Development board will look at rezoning the lot to allow a fast food place.

“23rd cannot handle any more traffic,” said Shan Gross, the HOA President of Coastal Bay. “It is a cut-through to 95 and past and beyond Seacrest.”

Coastal Bay sits right across on 23rd Ave. Gross said the city wants to build a Taco Bell in the empty lot. A petition was started to try and stop the rezoning.

Others who live west of the lot would be happy with a fast-food restaurant.

“It would be fabulous,” said Timothy Grubb who uses a walker to get around.

He said it would be nice to have a closer place to eat so he didn’t have to travel about half a mile down Federal Highway.

“A Taco Bell within walking distance, I love Taco Bell, would be a great idea,” he said.

The public hearing will be on Tuesday, February 26th at 6:30 pm. The city commission will not discuss the empty lot until March.