Surprise speaker Gary Minchew, a well-known local developer, spoke against
the variance, citing the arrogant behavior of McDonalds, which he said insisted on keeping
a variance through his property he had granted First State Bank, even though he had not
intended it to be used by a fast-food buyer of the bank property.
The Valdosta-Lowndes County Zoning Board of Appeals voted unanimously to deny the variance.
Pictures and videos to follow.
Here’s a letter Vince Schneider sent on Thursday 9 September to
Vivian Valdivia, Development Director, Atlanta Region, McDonalds,
copied to Kay Harris of the VDT, Fox News, MSNBC on the Internet, and NBC News:
Vivian Valdivia, et al.
Corporate McDonalds=2C please don’t build a store in my front yard while I’m
deployed to Afghanistan. And please continue this policy after my return.
Since 30 June 2010 when I first learned of Corporate McDonalds’ plan to
build a store in my front yard this Fall=2C I believe I’ve done everything
that I could to stop it. My local and state governments refuse to help by
simply saying that there is nothing they can do. I guess I shouldn’t have
expected anything else from an elected official. This is my last appeal to
Corporate McDonalds to not build a store in my front yard this Fall.
I am deploying next Friday to Afghanistan to help secure the rights and
liberties of the Afghan peoples. Because of this 6 month deployment I will
not be able to prosecute any more actions in the attempt to dissuade
Corporate McDonalds from building a store in my front yard. Now, because of
Corporate McDonalds’ greed, it’s only a wish that I could enjoy some of
the same rights and liberties that I am helping to secure for the Afghanis,
at my home upon my return. Rights and liberties that Corporate McDonalds is
effectively taking from me to name a few include the right to peace,
prosperity, and the pursuit of happiness.