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School fighting controversial gas station

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Updated: 9/05/2013 9:58 pm
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.-- Within their campus boundaries, students at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind are prepared to navigate different streets and sidewalks around local cities.

"This is one of the larger populations in terms of concentration of deaf and blind individuals," said FSDB president Jeanne Prickett.

Prickett said so-called improvements to one intersection could make getting around much harder for her students.

A 12-pump gas station and 7-Eleven have been proposed for the intersection of San Marco and A1A, just blocks from FSDB.

Prickett says the plans for the project don't consider hazards for the visually impaired, and a lack of a curb will make it difficult for a blind person to navigate.

"When there's a wide expansive concrete that blends into the street there's no curb nor any grass shoreline that the children use the young people use for detecting with the cane," said Prickett.

She said the added truck traffic the new gas station would bring would be just as dangerous for her deaf students.

"They're not going to hear if a driver assumes they should be hearing a honk that won't happen," she said.

If the project moves forward, Prickett said she may be forced to tell her students to steer clear of the popular historic district for their safety. She says it's the last thing she wants to do, so she's pleading with the city to turn the project down.

"This is a big safety concern," she said.

Action News reached out to 7-Eleven for comment. Our calls have yet to be returned.
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