Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Residents Rally against School Site Proposal; They Cite Traffic, Land's Size

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Residents Rally against School Site Proposal; They Cite Traffic, Land's Size

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Byline: Drew Dixon, Shorelines staff writer

Motorists zipped by the Talbot's shopping center Tuesday afternoon in Ponte Vedra Beach, barely slowing down as protesters kept protesting.

It was the latest scene in the unfolding flap over the St. Johns County School Board's plans to build a new high school on a 30-acre tract of land behind Talbot's off Florida A1A.

Residents near the site, mostly from the Dolphin Cove subdivision, protested for two days, carrying signs and wearing red shirts to signify their opposition to the school plan.

"Honk if you oppose high school on this site," read one placard. "Talbot's school site means added traffic," read another.

Many motorists honked in support. "Awareness," was the key, said Frank Fuller, a Dolphin Cove resident and one of the organizers of the protest that included dozens of people Monday and Tuesday.

"We're not saying we don't want any school in our back yard," Fuller said. "We're saying let's give our children room to grow."

Fuller said a central issue to the opposition is the size of the proposed site, which is 30 acres and is still owned by Gate Petroleum.

That size would never allow any serious expansion of the school, which officials hope to open in 2007. Fuller said while the school would be built to hold 1,500 students, there's no telling how many might eventually need to attend class there.

Bartram Trail High School in Julington Creek was opened four years ago, Fuller said. "They're already shipping students over to Nease High School," where Ponte Vedra Beach high school students currently travel 13 miles west to attend class.

School Superintendant Joseph Joyner recommended the School Board pursue the Talbot's site last month. Although a land deal hasn't been closed, Joyner has said Gate officials would be willing to negotiate for the land purchase. …

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