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Wakulla County commissioners reject a controversial service station proposal, but the project could be revived next week.

Aerial photo of an intersection
used with permission
Clean Water Wakulla
An overhead view of the intersection and the proposed project site

A proposed service station and car wash near an underground watercourse to Wakulla Springs was voted down by the county's planning commission on the evening of Monday, Feb. 14. But the project is by no means "dead in the water."

The 16-pump gas station and car wash at the northwest corner of Crawfordville Highway and Bloxham Cutoff was nixed by a 5 to 1 planning commission vote. But County Administrator David Edwards said the matter will still go before the County Commission Tuesday, Feb. 22.

"The board of county commissioners will be voting on whether or not to change the zoning from agricultural to commercial."

A yes vote, he said, would keep the project alive.

"And there'd be a site plan approval, etc. that would come before the planning board as well as the commission if the rezoning moves forward."

The Friends of Wakulla Springs and other environmental groups insist the project would pose a threat to the flow into the springs and much of the county's drinking water supply. Tuesday's county commission meeting starts at 5:00 p.m.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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