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St. Augustine residents protest 7-Eleven construction

Residents call it 'traffic boondoggle,' major safety issue

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – St. Augustine residents are calling it a major safety issue and a "traffic boondoggle." A group of concerned locals are protesting the construction of a 7-Eleven with 12 gas pumps.

The intersection in question is at San Marco Avenue and May Street.

Protesters said children from the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind will be walking through the area, and the road is usually congested with traffic.

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Protesters also said the Department of Transportation already gave the intersection an "F" and believe this will only make things worse.

"This street is really frequented by runners, bicyclists and kids on skateboards. I've already seen kids killed here and this is just going to add to that. It's a bad deal," said Jacksonville firefighter Neil White.

The city of St Augustine passed an ordinance that no gas station could be built on the road, but it was passed too late and the project was grandfathered in.