The fight over whether to build a gas station in the parking lot of the Bay Forest Shopping Center sparked a slew of comments on Patch's website and Facebook page.
The controversy started more than two years ago when Stop and Shop applied for a special exception from the city to build a gas station for its Giant store in the shopping center.
Some residents say the station would clog traffic and go against Annapolis' 2009 Comprehensive Plan. While supporters of the station argue that it fits within the city's plan and would become a community asset as it would offer discounted gas to grocery store shoppers.
An Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge remanded the approval back to the Board of Appeals in July, and the board plans to take the proposal up again at its October meeting.
Here's what people had to say about the proposal on Patch and Annapolis Patch's Facebook page.
Janet Norman said, "We already have the Giant discounted gas, at the existing Shell station 2 blocks away ... Why make a 'special exception' which does not comply with its own rules and degrades the community, when the amenity is already available? Is the City afraid of what a traffic study might say?"
Tim Hamilton wrote on Patch that while he's not a strong supporter of the idea, he's not a fan the other gas stations in the area.
"They may be locally owned, but they seem to take advantage of their location to charge higher prices," Hamilton said. "During the last power outage, they both raised their prices literally overnight. That speaks of gouging. And I won't patronize them because of that."
Bill Handy said, "A nice family restaurant would be a better idea for that location."
Matthew Abbott weighed in on the argument about whether the city needs to conduct a traffic study to see if the shopping center would need additional entry points if the gas station was built.
"The reason I think a traffic study is not necessary is that if people would really drive a little bit to save money on gas, the Exxon and Shell at Forest and Bay Ridge would be out of business," Abbot said.
Ellen McCourt Scarano said, "Don't need it, don't want it."
Beth Wicke Wilson said the gas station would be "totally unnecessary."
While William Cooke said, "Yeah, it would be nice to have one there."