Opposition expected at meeting to discuss controversial plan to build Chick-fil-A restaurant in Oceanway

There is expected to be a big turnout at a Jacksonville planning commission meeting on Thursday where there will be discussions about a controversial plan to build a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Oceanway.

This comes after some neighbors said they were blindsided by recent meetings on the issue.

There was a meeting on Tuesday that some didn’t know about it until they saw news reports.

They say they were told the next meeting on the proposed restaurant was going to happen on Thursday.

They weren’t aware of the Land Use and Zoning meeting on Tuesday.

This time around residents said they’re ready to speak out.

Residents said they had to scramble to get to the meeting on Tuesday and once they did they had to sit for more than five hours before members began discussing the restaurant.

“I am feeling deceived and disheartened by that continued either deception, intentional, or I don’t know. You make a mistake once, OK, you take it at face value. Now, two out of two meetings, we have been given incorrect information. It is not a good look to the city, whether it is incompetence or corruption. I am not sure. But I am very disgusted by this whole situation,” Christine Brundage said.

Neighbors said they don’t want the restaurant because they’re concerned about traffic and the safety of students walking to and from First Coast High School.

They also say the restaurant would use the entrance to the North Creek subdivision as an access road for customers.

This is the second time the developer has tried to bring a Chick-fil-A to the area.

A similar effort was denied last year.

After Thursday, there are two other scheduled meetings on Feb. 13 and Feb. 21.

A final vote is set for Feb. 27.

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