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Williston Residents Plan Peaceful Protest

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Residents of Williston may have different backgrounds and home towns, but one thing many locals share is high rent costs. Williston native, Barbara Vondell, took notice of the escalating rent prices in the area and decided to do something about it.

The issue hits close to home for Vondell. In October, friends living in a local trailer park explained that the lot had been sold and the rents were being raised. They told stories about how their elderly neighbors were affected by these changes.

"I'd get calls saying there are elderly people sitting outside here crying - what are they going to do? There's a sick gentleman that's dying, what are they going to do, what is his wife going to do, where are they going to go? The more I thought about it - and my mom is sick, so I thought, if someone were to do this to her, I'd fight tooth and nail for her" explained Vondell.

Vondell then started a webpage, "The People of Williston Have had Enough," so that residents could voice their opinions on these local issues. The site has continued to grow, boasting almost 400 people in a little over a week. The next step is a peaceful protest taking place tomorrow.

"We are going to have a petition there (at the protest) that we've drawn up for the city government to you know look at. Here's some ideas, take them into consideration," says Vondell.

Vondell encourages everyone to get involved because this is a local issue that does not affect only one social class or one age group.

"It's not just the low income, it's not just the seniors, it's not just the middle class. Everybody is struggling. A lot of people have said it's not easy for anybody" said Vondell.

For more information visit "The People of Williston Have had Enough" group on Facebook.

The peaceful protest will take place tomorrow at Harmon Park between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The petition will be there and on the website for any supporters to sign. All are welcome.

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