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Gas stations to see tougher regulations in St. Augustine
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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Gas stations may be prohibited from one street in St. Augustine.

On Monday, St. Augustine City Commissioners are considering a proposed law that would ban new gas stations on San Marco Avenue.

The issues started more than a year ago when 7-11 wanted to bring a store and sizable gas station to the corner of San Marco and May Street, right across from the carousel in St. Augustine.

Neighbors were opposed to it, saying it would bring too much traffic and it would be too big for the spot, which is an entry corridor to downtown.

This week, city commissioners are considering an ordinance that would prohibit any new gas stations on San Marco. Most business owners along the narrow street support the gas station ban here.

Debi Hanks is a store owners and said, "There's already so much on San Marco. There's no reason to put something else here like a gas station. There's just too much congestion."

The proposed ordinance would essentially block a 7-11 from going up on the corner, along with any other gas stations.

The ordinance would also tackle gas stations on other streets considered entry corridors into downtown St Augustine. The new law would limit the number of gas pumps to 8 per gas station on King Street, W. King, and Anastasia Blvd.

The St. Augustine City Commission held a public hearing on the gas station ordinance Monday night.

A final vote could come next month.


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