To the honorable county commissioners of Franklin County, we would like to go on record as stating that we are vehemently opposed to the rezoning and expansion of D.W. Wilson County Ballpark that is adjacent to our home.

The proposed expansion of the fence will be approximately 40 feet from our fence. This expansion will create a noise factor that will disrupt our right to peace and quiet. The U.S. Supreme Court has recognized the rights of residents to maintain their privacy, and quiet enjoyment of one’s property. The Florida Constitution, Article 11, Section 7 states “it shall be the policy of the state to conserve and protect its natural resources and scenic beauty. Adequate provisions shall be made by law for the abatement of air and water pollution and excessive and unnecessary noise.”

We know that you will want to take into consideration our civil rights, and the fact that we have lived here all of our lives as an integral part of the community! Perhaps a better location for the ballpark expansion would be a Battery Park, where the noise would not be a problem, and be a draw for locals and tourists. It could possibly increase tourism and create jobs and money for the county, especially if some public areas for children and pets were added.

We have attempted to communicate with different member of our county commission to no avail. The county attorney has not returned our calls and we have expressed our concerns as this relates to the Franklin County Code of Ordinances. In general terms, Section 14-4 line 7 states “Streets, roads, parks or other public areas must be given distinctive designations that are in harmony with existing similar facilities, and do not duplicate or conflict with existing designations.” The expansion of the Ball Park within 40 feet of our home would be a detriment that would diminish the quality of our lives with the noise it would create. We implore you to look for another location for the expansion.

Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Rickards