Lafayette residents voice opposition to park

LAFAYETTE (AP) — A park planned by the Muslim Education Center of Acadiana attracted opposition at Tuesday's Lafayette City-Parish Council meeting from residents who said they were wary of whom the facility might attract.

The Advocate reported at issue was a request by the developers of MECA Park to be allowed to build a chain-link fence around the facility rather than the 6-foot tall sight-proof fence, a variance the council ultimately approved.

Gary Mire, one of a small group of residents who turned out to speak against the project, said that the people he has seen at the site so far appear to be "all foreigners."

Mire said he was also suspicious because he and other residents were not informed about the current development or any future plans for the property.