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06/17/05

New Fence Blocks Neighbors' View

Neighbors are furious now that a brand new fence keeps them out and blocks their view of a favorite place. For years, the Savannah Jaycees have wanted to put up a fence around the community park they're situated on, and for years, the closest neighbors have fought that idea. Yesterday, those neighbors lost.

It's sort of become a tradition for folks at Buckingham South.

"It's pretty pleasant here," said resident Hodges Lewis. "We're here in the afternoon and it's not even unbearably hot because of the ceiling fans."

Every day, they watch children play across the park from the shade of the front porch area, until Thursday morning.

"People can be so mean," said Celia Weiner. "If that's what you want to call it. I just don't like it one bit."

Dozens of Buckingham South residents are taken aback by a decision of the Savannah Jaycees to put up a fence up and down the property line, completely blocking their view.

"It makes us feel like we're shut-ins," said Weiner.

The Jaycees say it's all Buckingham South's fault. We talked with their lawyer, Jay Blackburn, and he said if visitors and employees hadn't parked in the park, it would still be a park instead of the rocky, barren parking lot it's become.

They say the fence is just a way of getting the park back in shape.

Blackburn tells WTOC that the fence has spawned several lawsuits over the years, and in just the last month the Jaycees won approval to go ahead in the Court of Appeals.

Reported by: Chris Cowperthwaite, ccowperthwaite@wtoc.com

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