Please keep your communications going to the City and Mayor, as well as keep informing friends and neighbors. (There is no rule against calling, emailing, or writing more than once!) Continue to emphasize that this is a city-wide issue because it sets a precedent for large-scale construction in a residential area, and also a precedent for the removal/damage of Live Oak trees. Again, opposition is not “against SSA”, it is opposition solely to a bad expansion plan.
We have heard that our concerns are being heard and your calls, emails, and letters ARE making a difference – but we have also heard that there are still council members/residents that are misinformed. (For example, one person told us today that she thought that SSA was only removing diseased trees; another was a city councilman who said he did not realize the full size of what SSA is proposing (56,000 sq. ft.), etc.) We have a few weeks until the May 20th meeting, so please continue to spead the word!
Please pass along any ideas, suggestions, etc. Again, please let us know if there are any community groups we could possibly enlist for support. We have ordered additional signs, so please let us know if anyone wants one. As of last week, petition signers on the website was over 250 – so please also direct people to the http://welovehistoriccovington.com/ and ask them to sign the petition to support our cause.
Again, this is truly a community effort – so thanks to all of you for everything you are doing to raise awareness about this important issue. Our success in having this current expansion plan modified to a plan that is more in line with the character and needs of the community is dependent on what all of us have done… and continue to do between now and May 20th.