DICKINSON — City Council soundly rejected a property owner's pitch for a special-use permit to allow her to open a special event center.

In a unanimous vote the council turned down Marsha Millstid's plans to build an event center that would host high-end weddings on her 7-acre lot on Hughes Road.

At a planning and zoning commission meeting last week, more than 30 residents spoke out against the request for a permit for the center. The commission recommended denying the permit, but the final decision was in the hands of the City Council.

Millstid said she planned to build a rustic, barn-style structure that would host romantic, upscale weddings while still preserving the quiet neighborhood feel of the area between Hughes Road and Dickinson Bayou where she plans to build. She said 99 percent of her business would be from weddings.

Neighbors complained about possible increased traffic, noise, lighting, drainage, alcohol consumption at the facility, safety of people walking or playing on the street and even of the capacity of the city’s sewer lines in the area.

Contact Mainland Editor T.J. Aulds at 409-683-5334 or tjaulds@galvnews.com.

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