The decision came after the council heard residents express opposition to changing the zoning of the lots from their current “R-2,” second one family dwelling district, to “R-3,” duplex and apartment district.
Several other homeowners in the neighborhood had objected to the request at an earlier council meeting, saying they feared that duplexes or apartments would change the nature of the neighborhood in which they had invested their money.
Councilman David Carabajal made the motion to deny the request and that was seconded by Councilman John Fulghum.
Earlier in the meeting, council members had approved the resignation of City Fire Marshal James Barrie, effective Aug. 31.
But Carabajal asked that the resignation matter be brought back to the council at its July 24 meeting so that the resignation could be effective immediately.
Council members also suspended unrequested fire inspections for business properties within the city limits.
City Manager Deborah Ballí assured the council that she would request that Barrie provide her with the names and addresses of the businesses he had already inspected and the amount of the fee charged each of them.
The council took no action on a request to deny itinerant merchant permits to some organizations.
Albert Garcia, a member of New Life Church, had complained to the council last week about a mission group from San Antonio coming to Beeville and collecting donations.
He said those doing the solicitations had reportedly intimidated some motorists and he objected to the group using a name similar to that of his local church.
Ballí told the council that the city would not issue permits to solicitors who do not abide by local regulations.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.