ST. PETERSBURG — Business owner Sarah Arrazola delivered the rallying cry Wednesday for those opposing a developer’s bid to open a Dunkin’ Donuts drive-through in downtown:
“Please don’t Fort Lauderdale St. Petersburg,” she told the Development Review Commission.
The Orlando developer, Jonathan Moore, defended the project from charges that it would dilute the city’s local charm.
“National chains are already here,” he said, “and they’re not evil.”
The commission sided with the more than three dozen people who opposed the project, denying the developer’s drive-through after 90 minutes of debate and discussion at City Hall.