Fruitland Park residents fight proposed apartment complex



FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. - The Fruitland Park City Commission is expected to settle a six month fight over a controversial apartment complex.

The 110-unit project is being proposed on 9 acres on Spring Lake Road.

Residents said they will pack the commission meeting in protest of the proposal.

“It will ruin our neighborhood. Traffic is the biggest problem. This road doesn’t need that much more traffic,” said homeowner Richard Rood.

Rood is one of many homeowners trying to stop the construction of the apartments.

Over the last six months, commissioners have gone back-and-forth approving and denying the plans, but now it’s on the verge of final approval.

“You don’t dare not go to a meeting, because you don’t know what’s coming up. I don’t trust them. Cut and dried. Plain and simple,” Rood said.

Neighbors said the area is zoned for single-family homes and they want it to stay that way, but the push among leaders to re-zone has persisted.

Neighbors said the only positive thing to come out of the frustrating fight is that the developer’s plans caused them to join forces.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Thursday.