CAPE CORAL, Fla. --Dozens of cape coral residents are filling the city council chambers. They're taking a stand against the construction of a 7/11 gas station. The proposed site is in the northwest corner of Skyline Boulevard and Cape Coral Parkway.
"To add a gas station with traffic going into and out of and stopping, would just add more accidents to an already heavily traveled intersection," said James Reynolds.
He learned about the 7-11 proposal last year and also worries what the gas station would do to the environment. "Frankly if there was any kind of spillage, every bit of spillage from there goes directly into the canal, right behind my house," he said.
He's one of dozens who have signed a petition, in part, driven by another resident Tom Kotowski.
In his appeal, Kotowski says putting a gas station on this section of land by Skyline and Cape Coral Parkway is like trying to force a square peg into a round hole. He sites an increase in crime, and a decrease in property values for his arguments.
His push had led to the creation of www.skylinewaterways.org a site dedicated to the neighborhood.
Councilman John Carioscia tells us last year, the city changed this land from professional to commercial, which opened the doors to a gas station.
But in order to put one on this small space, there needs to be some special exceptions.
"It's recommended that they be allowed to build closer to the lot line in the back, the driveways are also falling under a special exception," he said.
It's those special exceptions that residents are appealing before council.
"I think I'm probably of the opinion that we don't need another service station on the corner," said resident Judy Hall.
Councilman Cariocsia, who is supporting the appeal, says if residents win their appeal, the 7-11 proposal will go away. If they lose, he says, it could mean a battle in court.
We reached out the to developer, Creighton Commercial Development, but have not gotten a call back yet.