Photo of the Day: Firmenich Proposal Protest Sign

This sign was put up near State Road 590 in protest of the Firmenich property proposal.

Avid Patcher Bobby Saltzman was kind enough to snap this shot of a sign in front of Barb Hugg's house on 14th Avenue South, just before it becomes SR 590. The sign is in response to the latest decision on the Firmenich Property proposal.

Hugg spoke out on the Firmenich issue at the latest Planning & Zoning Board meeting on Wednesday, questioning why the city continues to push the proposal through even though many residents have expressed their displeasure with the plan.

“We the people have spoken very loud and clear on our feelings yet…you people are really not listening to what we’re saying,” she told the board.

According to Saltzman, who stopped to see what was going on, a code enforcement officer stopped at the scene and asked that the sign be taken down.

As of Friday night after the Doggie Date Night event, the sign was still there.

Harborites, what do you think about this demonstration of opposition to the Firmenich proposal? Do you think it's worth the trouble, or is it much ado about nothing? Let us know in the comments below.

Desi January 13, 2013 at 12:32 PM
I applaud the sign. Do not agree with it but love that you can express your 1st Amendment Rights:) Did the traffic study show the proposed project would add 300-500 vehicles a day on 14th Ave? Do they expect the majority of the occupants would be coming and going (traveling) 14th Ave everyday? I may be wrong but find it hard to imagine this many people going into SH downtown to work or shop every day from this project. It seems the majority would be going onto McMullen Booth Rd.
David Conkle January 13, 2013 at 05:25 PM
What concerns me is the real possibility of more traffic cutting down 7th Street to Bayshore from people avoiding the light at SR590 and McMullen Booth. People living on 7th Street should be putting signs out in their yards too. We all need to join together to stop this project now before it's too late and tell the Mayor and City Commissioners that we will vote them out of office if they continue supporting this bad idea project. This is not positive development for our city or it's citizens.
Gary Moos January 13, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Plus the intersection of McMullen and Main will experience more congestion soon from the new development there. This city is not designed for such high density developments. The board is really streching the limits of senseable egress. And although no one has mentioned it yet. All of those new homes will make selling existing homes for a fair price much more difficult.
Robert Saltzman January 14, 2013 at 11:16 AM
Sign protest Friday the 18th. along SR 590 at the 14th Ave curve starts at 5ish, Tell the Commissioners to "just say no"...we won't be bullied by developers...
David Conkle January 14, 2013 at 01:11 PM
As code enforcement is complaint driven, I wonder who complained. Constitutionally the city cannot tell you to take any sign down that is in your yard and not of a commercial nature. That's one of the reasons why the city changed their ordinance stating you could not place political signs in your yard until thirty days before an election. Makes one wonder if our elected officals are getting a kick-back for approving this very bad idea.


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