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Jun 29, 2020

Another Gas Station being Built Near PG

A stop order was issued on the construction of gas station in Punta Gorda recently after the public rose up against it. But over the weekend, about a mile away, work began for another gas station. The development is also mired in controversy because certain specifications are not been adhered to. And like the gas station at the Dollar Coin, residents are also looking to halt the new construction. Here is Isani Cayetano with a report. 


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

A third service station is being constructed near the outskirts of Punta Gorda Town and it, too, is being met with concerns from residents of that southern municipality.  Over the weekend, the structure which is being erected in Cattle Landing saw earthmoving equipment cast three fuel tanks into the ground at the rear of the property.  This project comes hard on the heels of a similar undertaking by an Asian businessman at the entrance of PG where the Dollar Coin landmark is located.  Development on that parcel ground to a screeching halt recently when a stop order was issued by the Building Unit for various breaches, including a departure from the original plan.  In the case of the Cattle Landing project pertinent questions are being raised about the absence of inspectors from the construction site since there are specific guidelines that must be adhered to.  Those regulations include surface tanks being a minimum of three hundred feet away from the property line if the proposed location is situated within an urban industrial or commercial area.  The location of the service station must not be immediately adjacent to any school, church or hospital or any such establishments.  News Five understands that a “no objection” permit that was granted to the developer in 2017 has since expired and that a stop order is also being drawn up to halt construction.

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