Residents voice opposition to proposed recreation area

Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 08:42 PM.

Lloyd said that there would also be a conflict with the frequent military convoys that use the Lewis Farm Road.

"The increased numbers of people increases the chances of vandalism to our homes, our property and our businesses," Lloyd said. "A dead end road with no police patrol puts us at greater risk."

Lloyd’s biggest concern was the impact increased traffic to the park would have on owners of about 25 horses that use the road to move along horse trails in the area.

"There’s horses that cross the road during trail rides to access other trails and the Department of Transportation has designated approximately one half mile on Lewis Farm Road as a horse crossing," he said. "Horses and cars, people and noise etc., can become a life-threatening situation to a horse rider since most people have no idea how to act around horses."

Lloyd said he and his wife have owned Caballo Stables since 2004.

"We strive to provide a tranquil and safe atmosphere to our clients who have a horse in the stables there, and we strive for that atmosphere so that our clients can enjoy that atmosphere," he said. "The sports field would change the entire country setting of our road, making our location less attractive to potential clients and would harm our business and reduce our income."

Lloyd criticized the idea of the park.

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