Safety concerns neighbors as Bikinis, Texas ready to open

By Matt Ward


Less than two weeks from the grand opening event of Bikinis, Texas, neighboring landowners are expressing concerns for safety at the potential high-traffic site, which is set to debut Saturday, July 13 with a bikini contest and Jerry Jeff Walker concert.

The 1.6 acres of land purchased by entrepreneur Doug Guller in southeastern Gillespie County has caused controversy both for its purpose and its supposed relation to Bankersmith, Texas.

Lacking an official plot, a debate rages between area residents whether the unincorporated town of Bankersmith sits on land purchased by Guller or on adjacent land owned by Rudy Klinksiek.



Community concerns

After Guller purchased the property in July 2012, initial concerns raised by neighboring landowners were thought to be eased as the national spotlight on the area faded.

However, with the construction of a dance space dubbed “Guller Hall” over the last several months, fears about safety along Old San Antonio Road have grown in the community with the announcement of the July 13 party.

“This gentleman (Guller) thought about his own entity, but he forgets that there is a community that lives out there,” Karen Robertson said. “We do not want to be ugly about it. We just want to make him aware that this is not safe out there.”

A large contingent of area residents met recently with County Sheriff Buddy Mills and County Commissioner Calvin Ransleben about potential health and safety issues both on the 1.6 acre site and on the way to and from Bikinis.

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