Residents voice opposition to proposed recreation area

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

"It is quite apparent that there has not been a lot of thought given to the people or the businesses that existed before this park was conceived in my opinion, and there is negative and potentially dangerous situations that could arise from this project being placed in our quiet neighborhood," Lloyd said. "In summary, I would say, put the park somewhere else. Put it in your neighborhood."

Marilyn Biers, a resident of New Bern who keeps a horse at Caballo Stables, also opposes the park.

"I don’t want the traffic and I don’t want Caballo Stables and the other stables on Lewis Farm Road to have to move or lose property value because of the sports complex," she said. "I’m opposed to this. I would like to see that peaceful road remain."

Robin Fields, of Morehead City, another who keeps a horse at Caballo, said the park idea was "unsound, inappropriate and poorly thought out" and "an expensive, unnecessary extravagance in an unsuitable location."

Fields also cited potential for vandalism and drug use and the increased need for police patrols if the park is built.

Richard Cota, of Carolina Pines, said park access would be limited to one road, which could be blocked.

Patricia Raymond, of Lewis Farm Road, said she has horses and objects to the proposal.

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