Buck Bay Catches a Break
Approximately 30 members of the Buck Bay community filled Gainesville City Hall ThursdayÂ in hopes of getting some answers, including middle school-er Dylan Moss, who attended the meeting with his aunt.
"There ain't nowhere else she could move that would be any cooler than that, but she might have to," he said.
The "cool" place he spoke of is the Buck Bay development in Northwest Gainesville. After the park was sold by Tom Spain to Ed Dix, residents were told they would have to leave. The only problem is the residents are not ready to move.
"I did indeed sign a piece of paper that said none of this would happen and that's what I'm relying on, that legal document that I did sign," 23 year resident Scott Foh said.
According to Foh and other residents, they were given until September 2008 to leave but are now being pushed-out quicker - some receiving eviction notices. If the Gainesville City Commissioners agree with the recommendation of the plan board however, residents may get to stay a little longer.
"Originally, they had it planned for 2008, and at present, the board is going to hold to that and send it back to the commission, so it won't be an earlier date," Buck Bay's Marty Easters explained.
With a no earlier than date set, Easters said this is a great opportunity for approximately 120 families that still live in Buck Bay.
"It'll give us time to show our side of the story along with the other side," she said.
The other side was not present at the meeting, but a letter from their attorney stated they were opposed to this latest amendment.
"The city commission is going to have a chance to review this and do everything the way it should have been done from the get-go," Foh said.
Until then, residents will sit and wait as the proposal goes before the City Commissioners.
"Buck Bay's actually an interesting place and is really cool," Moss said. "It'd make me pretty mad, but ain't nothing I can do about it."
By Ted Latiak, WCJB TV20 News.
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