ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A controversial plan to allow a 7-Eleven to be built at the entrance of historic downtown St. Augustine took a twist Thursday with residents fighting the plan and winning a battle at city hall.
The city commission reversed course, siding with residents who appealed a decision made last fall approving a 12 gas pump store to be built at the corner of San Marco Avenue and May Road.
The commission's decision to yank 7-Eleven's construction permit following six hours of testimony was unanimous.
Residents cited concerns about more traffic and the city's landscape being scarred. They also argued the design standards for the building were being compromised.