A large group of residents from one west PBC town want ballot issue to kill a plan to open PBSC campus in Lox Groves.
Families living in places like Wellington, Royal Palm Beach or the Acreage may have been looking forward to having a campus of Palm Beach State College closer to them, but not everyone is on board.
A group of Loxahatchee Groves residents is circulating a petition for a ballot referendum that could ultimately destroy the project. They seek to overturn two land-use ordinances that the town council approved in the Summer.
Opponents of a campus for the school formerly known as PBCC are concerned about over-growth. They enjoy their current way of life. One with no big box stores, shopping centers or, well, colleges. Residents say they would expect to see other businesses follow the school, and bring traffic with them.
But according to the Palm Beach Post, the college has already paid for the land at the corner of Southern Boulevard and "D" road, where PBSC wants to put its 5th campus. Town councilmembers have warned naysayers that if their referendum passes, the town would be on the hook for the $4.5 million that the state college has paid. They also say that price tag could grow to nearly $7 million with legal fees added in.
The group has already gathered 70 signautres. They need around 200 to put the issue on the ballot.