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Beaufort County residents shunned efforts by Port Royal to annex and rezone land in Shell Point and develop and annex the 105-acre Mobley tract in Okatie at a public hearing Tuesday.'
Yunhi Flores and her husband, Trino, who want to turn their Shell Point home at the corner of Cypress Street and S.C. 802 into a seafood market, are asking for annexation into the town. '
However, the Flores were met Tuesday night by more than 60 people, mostly Shell Point residents, opposing their efforts. Councilwoman Mary Beth Heyward said she will encourage the council to reject the request at next week's meeting. '
Flores' request for rezoning and annexation requires one more reading by the Town Council for approval, and her neighbors said the Flores' endeavors -- if successful -- will increase property taxes, make the area unsafe and hinder parking. '
Other residents such as Bruce Williams, 73, who has lived in Shell Point for 38 years, started a petition to stop the Flores' annexation efforts. '
But Yunhi Flores said she didn't move into the area to cause any problems. She said there is enough parking and customers would not spend more than five minutes at her home. '
The town also didn't get much community support for its efforts to annex the Mobley tract. Many residents said it will cause traffic problems on S.C. 170 and damage the environment, while straining the town's services such as police and fire. '
But Donna Mobley Carter disagreed, saying the development and annexation gives her a better opportunity to support her family and that the environment would not be harmed.