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Satsuma incorporation opposition voices concerns

1 year 9 months 1 week ago January 14, 2015 Jan 14, 2015 Wednesday, January 14 2015 January 14, 2015 5:48 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Troy Gaulden

SATSUMA - The opposition of the potential incorporation of Satsuma met Wednesday to rally residents to vote "no" in March.

On one hand, the group "Save Satsuma" wants to incorporate to limit commercialization and maintain their country community feel. On the other hand, a group of business owners and residents called "Keep Satsuma Free" are fighting incorporation.

"We feel we cannot let this happen plain and simple," said business owner Marvin Henderson. "I know that certain ordinances can be passed that restricts the type of business you have, what you can do and that scares me more than anything else."

"I mean for someone to tell us we can't grow...from what we're being told is they want to stop the growth, so no growth, no business," said Tammy Watts-Hardy.

Some oppose what they call a "land-grab" of more than 4,000 acres of uninhabited land. "Save Satsuma" organizers say they want to include the land in their potential town to prevent construction of an airport. Previously, parish leaders floated the idea of a small airport in the area.

In December, the Attorney General's Office issued an opinion on the matter stating that the petition for incorporation for the proposed "Town of Satsuma" satisfies all of the requirements.

"Everyone needs to be educated on what's really going on," said Watts-Hardy. "Things have been told that are not true, so people are being mislead."

The opposition plans to hold a civic forum in the Satsuma theater on February 7 at 6:30 p.m. Both sides of the debate are invited to join.


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