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Sanford city commissioners approve Marina Island project

Dozens show up to voice opposition to plan

Local 6 News at 5:30p
Local 6 News at 5:30p

SANFORD, Fla. – The city of Sanford voted in favor of a project that could potentially build shops, restaurants and an assisted living facility on a prominent waterfront property.

Sanford city commissioners voted on the Marina Island project late Monday night, and it was approved by a 3-2 vote.

The decision came a month after the City Commission voted against the project.  Commissioners said, however, that new information about the plan led to the new vote.

Dozens of residents showed up at the meeting to voice their opposition to the project, with 50 signing up to speak directly to the commissioners.

"I would encourage you, respectfully, to vote no," a man said to the commissioners.

"I think this is a smoke screen more or less designed to create an (assisted living facility) in a dying hotel," another man said.

But not everyone was against the project.

"There's no jobs here in Sanford.  The downtown is half-vacant most of the time.  Businesses come and go -- very few make it. Anything that goes down here that generates income will be good," Sanford resident Brad Whiteman said.

The timeline for the project was not immediately known.