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New court documents spark renewed debate over proposed Arlington liquor store

A former dance studio off Merrill Road is empty, it's been vacant for a couple years now.  (Ryan Smith, 2013)
A former dance studio off Merrill Road is empty, it's been vacant for a couple years now. (Ryan Smith, 2013)
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Updated: 7/09/2013 8:57 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Dozens of Arlington families breathed a sigh of relief after the City of Jacksonville kept a liquor store out of their neighborhood. But new court documents obtained by Action News show the fight over the property isn't over.

A former dance studio off Merrill Road is empty, it's been vacant for a couple years now.

Just a few months ago Arlington families packed City Hall, heated over a potential liquor store moving in.

"Clearly the people of Arlington have spoken and they do not want this to happen," said Carol Marcovsky.

Marcovsky led the charge to keep the liquor store out of her corner of the Arlington area.

The Arlington uproar began when Jacksonville-based Shiv Investments filed an application to rezone the location to allow the sale of liquor.

City council denied the request by a vote of 11-6.

But according to new court documents obtained by Action News, Shiv Investments is appealing the city's decision.
 
A few on City Council do back the business plan because they see it as an economic opportunity and a job booster for the area.

Action News reached out the supporters at City Hall but many say they can't comment on an on-going legal battle.
 
Marcovsky wants to see the vacant building with a new tenant but wants it to be one she feels comfortable calling family-friendly.
 
"We would welcome anything that would be positive and uplifting for our community, but we are not happy about a negative-type business," said Marcovsky.

If a judge does grant an appeal, the decision will once again go to a vote by the full city council.



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whosaysnocan - 7/12/2013 6:07 AM
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I will not understand what the problem is about having a liquor store at this location. It will boost the tax base in this otherwise failing area. The location is wide open on Merrill Road. There is no church or school close by. I still have not seen a reply to the location of the ABC, once Jax Liquors, on Cesary right next to the playground. Been there for decades~even when Jax Liquors had a bar. One would think that is more of a potential problem than where these business people what to open a liquor store. Suppose these people want to force their "righteousness" onto the community at large. I hope this gets pasted and the store opens. Will give us another option to shop for "adult" beverages.
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