Welcome to our quiet and quaint neighborhood. We hear the birds chirp in the morning and gaze at the stars in the evenings. We occasionally get to watch a tortoise cross the road or receive a fleeting glimpse of the neighborhood bobcat. If you listen carefully you will hear the owls hoot among themselves. We are a working class neighborhood, raising families or enjoying retirement. In our neighborhood we give each other a friendly passing wave or stop to chat. Crime is virtually non-existent. This is our lifestyle. "Cranberry and Price" is how we refer to our quiet and peaceful neighborhood in North Port, Florida.
Our tranquil lifestyle is about to change and change dramatically.
Dollar General is planning to build a 12,500 square foot 'big box' store in our backyard. This development will literally be in the yards of three single-family homes and at least 25 single-family homes within a half-block of this proposed development. Dollar General is open 365 days a year from 8am to 10pm with plans to sell alcohol. Dollar General is using the ruse "we are a friendly neighborhood store where people can walk to shop"; while having 65 parking spaces! We don't want this retail chain store in our quiet neighborhood. The City of North Port does not have any commercial development in any residential neighborhood - we don't want to be the first!
Here’s a sample of what Dollar General will really bring to our quiet neighborhood ...
* Increased Crime
* Lower property values
* Unsafe for pedestrians and bicyclists
* Rarer animal sightings
* Impurities to our well water systems
Would you want this in your backyard? If the answer is NO -- please help us stop this invasion of our neighborhood by signing this petition.
Thank you for your time and consideration.