The bad news: Gate has resubmitted their application to build a carwash next to the entrance at Fish Island Preserve.
The good news: The new plan has been revised so that no portion of the car wash will be built ON Fish Island Preserve as they had originally planned. That is to say, Gate has opted not to use the drainage easement that would have resulted in the destruction of hundreds of trees on Fish Island preserve, and are now proposing to drain their stormwater runoff to an existing stormwater pond across the street.
Obviously, this is a bittersweet victory. We are glad that the new project leaves the trees on Fish Island Preserve intact, but we still assert that a carwash is inherently incompatible with a nature preserve. Because the new plan avoids all of the Significant Trees on Fish Island Preserve, Gate is no longer required to apply for a hearing before the City’s Planning and Zoning Board. This means that there will be no opportunity for citizens to make public comment on this project.
Because of this, we are asking you, as members of the community that fought so hard to save Fish Island to send a message to our City Commissioners telling them how you feel about the proposed Gate carwash next to Fish Island Preserve. Gate has made every effort to avoid a public hearing, so we need to make sure that the City hears loud and clear how residents feel about this project.
The City has until this Friday to reply to Gate’s application. Please send your emails to:
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BFC property Holdings Inc., a subsidiary of the Gate Petroleum Company submitted plans to the City to build a Gate Express Carwash directly beside the entrance to Fish Island. These preliminary plans included a 5,089SF building with a height of over 28 feet, with 24 vacuum stations.