By Jessica Tuggle
FELLSMERE - A church in a residential zone in Fellsmere will have to wait a little longer to receive a conditional use permit.
Fellsmere city manager Jason Nunemaker said the Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal Movimiento Internacionale in Fellsmere will have to meet certain requirements before officially moving in and holding services at a house on Cypress Street.
Noise concerns by neighbors have held up the conditional use permit for the church to move forward with their plans, Mr. Nunemaker said.
At a recent Fellsmere City Council meeting, there was a public hearing to consider issuing a conditional use permit to the church, but council members decided to hold off on a vote until details about church operations could be worked out.
Church representatives purchased the residential property on Cypress Street, which currently has a structure on it. The church hopes to renovate the structure to accommodate for services, but also wishes to hold outdoor functions several times a year.
Arthur Bell lives close to the property and said he is very concerned about noise coming from the church on Sunday mornings.
He said Sunday mornings is a time for being quiet and peaceful and noise could be a problem. Earlier this summer there was a service that created some disturbance for him and his family.
There is already a church located nearby in the neighborhood and he didn't have any complaints about a church being in a residential area, just the fact that it could be noisy.
Noise concerns seemed to be the only issue the council wanted time to consider and the matter will come before the council again in September, Mr. Nunemaker said.
Hometown News was unable to reach church representatives by telephone by press time.
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