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Camping Threat Rallies Neighbors Against Wal-Mart

February 17, 2010 by   - () Leave a Comment

Some Boynton Beach, Fla., residents are voicing their displeasure about a proposal to bring a new Wal-Mart to their city, according to WPBF-TV, West Pam Beach.

“My first thought was, ‘Why didn’t we hear about this sooner?'” resident Ken Blair told WPBF 25 News.

Blair is talking about a new Wal-Mart that is expected to be built in a shopping plaza at the corner of Federal Highway and Gulfstream Boulevard. He said a new Wal-Mart could bring a slew of traffic problems and other concerns.

“They may have RVs parked there all night, and if they do, will there be noise from the generators? Will there be transient people that we really don’t know?” Blair asked.

Blair and several other neighbors told WPBF 25 News they want to see Tuesday night’s vote on the project delayed.

“The area is still blighted, and that south end of Federal Highway in Boynton just needs something to spark it and get it going,” Mayor Jerry Taylor said.

Taylor said he supports the new store.

“What we’re looking to do there is bring in a new type of urban Wal-Mart,” Taylor said. “The Wal-Marts that most people know are over 200,000 square feet. This will be about 93,000 square feet, about less than half of what you would normally think of as a Wal-Mart.”

Taylor said the city is putting dozens of conditions on Wal-Mart when it comes to landscaping. He also said added jobs will be a benefit.

“They expect to hire between 250 to 300 people,” Taylor said. “The average salary is over $11 with benefits, including benefits.”

Still, some neighbors remain skeptical.

“We moved to TradeWinds, which is a very nice neighborhood, because it was quiet, and now we’re going to have a 24-hour Wal-Mart very close to us,” Blair said.

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