JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- When we met Carol Marcovsky she was coming out of council chambers in tears. But those tears weren't sad, they were celebratory.
"I am so proud to live in Arlington because the people are what's running the neighborhood now and we know what's good for our neighborhood," Marcovsky said.
Marcovsky, along with rows and rows of Arlington residents, filled the seats in City Hall on Tuesday in protest of a liquor store moving into 7720 Merrill Road, where the Arthur Murray Dance Studio now sits vacant.
"The whole neighborhood pulled together on this issue," said Marcovsky. "Nobody wanted this to be put on that spot. It was just not a good location."
The Arlington uproar began when Shiv Investments of Jacksonville filed an application for a zoning exception to allow the sale of all alcoholic beverages there for off-premises consumption.
Neighbors immediately feared for the worst.
"It will have an impact and it does have an impact and it's not a good one in this case," said City Councilman Clay Yarborough.
But others on council saw it as an economic opportunity, a job boost for the area.
"The guy has got a pretty good business plan if you ask me. If if he's going through this, he knows the store is going to work," said City Councilman Richard Clark.
But now it won't have a chance.
In a vote of 11-6, City Council appealed the application.
It caused an immediate celebration to break out in the hall.
"It's a great day. It's a turning point for Arlington," said Arlington resident Michael Anania.
Many of those in attendance said they want to see a more family-friendly business move into that location now.
The building's future at this point remains unknown.