By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

A bid to expand the types of businesses in a semi-rural residential area north of Smithfield failed in a 4-1 vote Thursday by the Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors.

Rushmere District Supervisor Rudolph Jefferson cast the only dissenting vote.

Concerns about increased traffic on a narrow country road and the vagueness of the plans presented by Accelerated Properties were among the objections voiced by neighbors living around the property off Days Point Road and known locally as Monette’s.

About 20 residents spoke against the application and, in addition to the applicant’s attorney, one lone person spoke in favor. At one point, nearly 50 people stood up in a show of opposition against the application. 

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