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Berkeley Hall Resident Displays Position on Frontage Road in Bumper Sticker Slogan

Berkeley Hall Resident Displays Position on Frontage Road in Bumper Sticker Slogan

BLUFFTON, S.C. - When some Bluffton churchgoers cried out to Beaufort County for safety, asking for a frontage road between their property and their neighbors’ property, some of those neighbors of Berkeley Hall fought back against such a road.

Now, a resident of the Berkeley Hall community is sending his message that not all who live behind the gates are against such a safety measure. He’s got the bumper sticker to prove it.

“It’s dangerous. It is really dangerous,” says Dondi Wall.

Wall is driving his message from his bumper, to his Bluffton neighborhood, Berkeley Hall.

“Aren’t we all in this together?” he asks.

The spot along Highway 278 that scares drivers like Wall is the stretch that runs in front of St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church and Berkeley Hall.

"I am terrified of my kids coming out of that church in their cars, and trying to get on the highway," he says.

Imagine three lanes of thick traffic each way, without a stoplight for entry to the place thousands of churchgoers and school kids come and go each day. That’s the nightmare Wall describes. Drivers must U-turn under those conditions.

“For these families and for these kids and these parishioners, or whoever is getting in and out of the church…it's impossible,” he says.

The church’s mission to have a frontage road paved to the traffic light at Berkeley Hall came to a halt when the neighborhood’s board fought back with a lawsuit.

“It’s the most incredible thing I’ve ever seen,” Wall says.

Berkeley Hall’s General Manager Adrian Morris tells News Three residents feel the road would pose danger at their entrance.

However, Wall feels it’s his duty to spread the word that he and his neighbors disagree.

“Share that road with the church. It's not that big of a deal. I just don't understand it," he says.

Instead of sharing their light, Berkeley Hall says the fire department to the other side of the church is a better place to install a light and a road.

"I mean, you're obstructing an emergency response. You can't do that," Wall says.

Bluffton Fire Chief John Thompson, Jr. expressed his concerns on traffic routed through to the station as Berkeley Hall suggested interfering with emergency calls, in a letter to Beaufort County earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Wall’s bumper bears the words: ‘Sharing the light for the safety of our children. It’s the right thing to do.’

"I'm a citizen of Beaufort County. I want what's right for everyone, not what's right for some," he says.

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