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Proposed development causing disruption in Mandarin

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A proposed re-zoning is leaving dozens in Mandarin saying it could destroy their way of life.

At issue is about 18 acres of land off Joda Lane in Mandarin. Right now, the area only has a few residents, and a lot of land. If the re-zoning is approved, almost 70 houses would be built on those 18 acres.

"It's going to totally ruin the whole area," said Kay Boykin. She's lived in the area for almost 40 years.

"It's quiet and peaceful and serene now, and that's why we moved out here," she said.

The planned re-zoning is far from a done deal. It has to clear several committees before council can approve it. Neighbors like Boykin say an approval is a big step backward.

"This is what we want -- we want this peace and serenity out here," she said.

Councilman Matt Schellenberg said he's planning to meet once again with people in the area before deciding what the next step is.


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