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St. Luke's moving forward with football field improvements, despite outcry

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After a month of arguing and appealing, Regency Oak residents lost their battle against St. Luke's Episcopal School officials and developers. (WPMI)

A touchdown for some people at Mobile's City Council meeting Wednesday; others, however, left in tears.

"It's hard for me to speak right now," said Buffi Peter.

After a month of arguing and appealing, Regency Oak residents lost their battle against St. Luke's Episcopal School officials and developers. Council members voted Wednesday to allow the school to move forward with its football field additions. Officials at St. Luke's are working to install bleachers, lights, and more to let students to play games at home. Residents who live near the field said this will include screaming fans and bright lights. They have been fighting to stop the construction projects and are worried about their property values.

Mobile City Council Member John Williams motioned to deny their latest appeal Wednesday and stated that legally, the residents appeal would not uphold.

"But I will monitor things," Williams said, "it is my intention to make sure they are compliant with city code".

"I can speak for many neighbors, it's devastating," Peter said.

The St. Luke's football field battle may be over for now. But, Williams said, it could continue in court if residents want to continue to fight this process.

"For the residents, they have the decision to make and that is do they take this one step further and take it into the judicial system," he said.