Far from backing down, some Bee Cave residents are making noise about the Covert car dealership that is poised to situate itself just outside the city’s borders, but next to Falconhead West.
Though several Bee Cave City councilmembers have made it clear they are not pleased with the dealership’s proximity to the city’s borders, they acknowledge there’s little they can do to prevent it locating in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.
“If they send us a plan consistent with what ordinances allow and is not a safety issue, I don’t think we can do very much at all,” mayor pro Tem Jack McCool said. “… Texas favors landowners, and in the ETJ we can’t get them to comply with anything.”
Homestead resident Candice House said she greatly empathizes with Falconhead West residents.
“How would you like to have a huge car dealership and a three-story garage right by your house?” House said. “I think it’s a terrible thing for the Falconhead West people to have that essentially in their backyard. Not to mention, it’s a huge safety issue for anybody who lives where they travel along [Texas] 71 West.”
House and other residents have voiced their displeasure about the dealership to City Council for many reasons.
“We think it’s a safety issue, and it’s a quality of life issue, with the lights and the noise and the environmental impact,” House said. “It’s a terrible location, and if they wanted to be good stewards, really and truly good citizens, they should consider that.”
Some groups of residents are trying to take matters into their own hands. Ben King, a resident of Falconhead West, is co-heading a resident action committee speaking out against the dealership.
“I’ve reached out and spoken to Kenny Covert personally, so we’ve gone to the top of the partnership there,” King said. “We’ve been very active on their Facebook pages. They’ve been deleting our posts and blocking us. The Coverts are definitely aware we’re out there, and we’re not happy about [the proposed dealership].”
At this point, resident groups are considering action beyond words, King said.
“We’re consulting with a PR firm since that delivers a widespread message — that’s one of the biggest things,” he said. “We’re also investigating legal action.”
King added that a petition to get the dealership away from Bee Cave has several hundred signatures. He said residents have made multiple attempts to sit down and talk with the Coverts, but nothing has come of their requests.
The Coverts declined to make a statement for this article. Councilman Bob Dorsett said that communication between the Coverts and the city has been scant.
“Best I can tell they’re not communicating with homeowners either,” Dorsett said. “I think they’re hoping everyone will just forget about it. Those neighbors are pretty organized; they’ve got committees, and they’re not giving up without a fight.”
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