Residents Upset with Business Disrupting Neighborhood
NEAR EDINBURG – Some Hidalgo County residents are fed up with a business in the middle of their neighborhood.
Edinburg Zombie Drive is located outside the city limits on Mile 19 and Kenyon Road. It’s advertised as a family-friendly sports venue and charges $10 to enter.
Antonio Davila is one of several homeowners who are fed up.
“I think this is not right. What they are doing, we don’t want accidents to happen,” he said. “It is very dangerous... when there’s more than 100 people it’s even more dangerous.”
Other neighbors said they’re concerned about people climbing their fences and using their yards as a restroom. They said people also park in front of their driveways.
The owner of the place invited us Sunday for an interview but they didn’t show up. He told us over the phone that he has permits with the county to operate his business there.
Hidalgo County has no zoning laws that restrict what a land owner can do with their land.
The Hidalgo County Planning Department confirmed they had a permit, so we requested a copy. We have yet to receive one.
The department said the county will investigate whether the venue is violating the mass gathering statute.
A mass gathering is described as an event where there is alcohol being consumed with 500 people or more and more than half of the people are under 21. The department said it would require a public hearing be held on whether a permit should be granted.
The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office said they made arrests for aggravated assault at the venue two weeks ago.
Residents said they hope a petition will get the county to react and restore safety in their neighborhood.
The venue hands out flyers informing visitors they are not responsible for accidents or thefts. Firearms and weapons are prohibited at all times. Fights and minors drinking will not be tolerated.