COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Neighbors fighting against mega gas stations are now getting support from Collier County leaders. Commissioners say the county code has to be updated so the stations aren't built near homes.
"We don't want to have another community go through this," said homeowner Vern Hammett.
Wink News first told you in May how Hammett is fighting to keep a six thousand square foot mega gas station from being built near his neighborhood. RaceTrac wants to build it on a plot of land along U.S.41 near Palm Street in Naples. The current county code allows the company to build the massive 24 pump facility. County commissioners voted to change the code during a recent meeting. They voted unanimously for a moratorium against mega stations until they're back from summer break. They may want to limit the number of pumps at gas stations near homes to only eight.
"I would rather not see gas station anywhere near a residential area because I still think that all of the negative aspects apply," said Hammett.
Wink News found out even if commissioners change the code, gas stations that are already in the works like the one near Hammett's house, could still be built. The neighborhood has collected more than one thousand signatures in an online petition against the RaceTrac gas station.
"We just want to put ourselves in a position so we're well protected so we don't have to do this again," said Hammett.