COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Relief. That's what the owner of Ted Smallwood's Store in Chokoloskee is calling the latest move by Collier Commissioners.
"The only thing they could do to get these people's attention was to pursue a legal action against them," store owner Lynn McMillin tells WINK News.
After talks got nowhere, commissioners decided to take legal action against developer Florida-Georgia Grove for digging up and closing off Mamie Street, the only way to access the historic store.
McMillin insists the developer will not cooperate, "they have not shown anything towards interest in compromising or helping in any way to resolve this."
Her store has now been closed for a month. McMillin's hoping the county backing her up in court will lead to a resolution to open up the street to her store, soon.
Bill Vaughn is hoping the same thing. Commissioners aren't part of his lawsuit against the developer for cutting off his access, but he doesn't think it will hurt either. Right now, his home on Mamie Street has limited entrance by ambulance or fire truck.
"Them seeing the situation that we're in, and that Lynn's in with the museum, I think their decision was a smart one," Vaughn says of the commissioners' move.
The Smallwood Store will join the lawsuit and be responsible for their portion of legal fees. No court dates have been set yet.