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Updated: 7/01/2013 11:57 pm
GREEN COVE SPRINGS Fla.-- Ninety-two acres of peaceful pastures across from Ellen Dixon's home are about to be transformed into a noisy asphalt plant.

"Our neighborhood's not ever going to be the same," said Dixon.

Once home to a much quieter Gustafson's Dairy, Dixon and more than 200 of her neighbors have been fighting to keep the plant away for months. But the County commission just voted in favor of its approval. Neighbors are baffled.

"We will have the dust and the smog," she said. "They say it will affect our water and the environment as well."

Action News Took her concerns to Commissioner Diane Hutchings who voted in favor of the plant. She says it's simply the price of progress.

"Economically it is wonderful, because its going to create wealth it's going to provide jobs and its going to bring in new money to the county," said Hutchings.

But Dixon sees it differently; loud trucks entering County Road 15A where her grandchildren play. So neighbors are working together to see if they can appeal, and at least get the access road to the plant moved elsewhere.

"We're going to ask them to review it and ask them to look into it and see what they come back with," said Marty Roberts, who is drafting a letter to the owners of the plant and the County Commission.

With the plant already approved, construction could start any day.

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