Inlet Beach residents say Dollar General doesn’t fit

Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 04:42 PM.

Does Inlet Beach need a Dollar Gene62ral Store? More than 400 people have signed an online petition saying they do not.

There is another hard-copy petition circulating with even more signatures of those wanting to block the chain discount store from their community.

Larry Brocato owns a home two blocks from the proposed location of the Dollar General Store, on west Park Place . The proposed store would be located on U.S. Highway 98 at the northwest corner of Walton Lakeshore.

Brocato is a full-time resident and has lived there since 2009. He is president of the Historic South Inlet Beach Association that represents 200 homes.

Brocato said the signs went up on the property a couple of months ago, announcing that a Dollar General would be coming soon.

"I'm not sure we need it there," he said. "We have a Publix, Winn Dixie, and CVS, all within a mile of here. And when you look at Dollar General's architecture, it is not consistent of what you see at historic Inlet Beach . This is mostly a residential community. There are a lot of residents surrounding the site."

He also objects to the traffic problems the store might create.

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