Opposing sides face-off in the Carlsbad Strawberry Fields debate

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CARLSBAD, Calif. – Leaders from both sides of the controversial Carlsbad retail development proposal came head-to-head to FOX 5 Wednesday morning.

Next Tuesday the battle over proposed dining and retail development on the shore of the Carlsbad Strawberry Fields on the Auga Hedionda Lagoon will go to a public vote.  People will decide whether or not to build an upscale shopping center and restaurant complex surrounded by open green space.

Both side of the controversial debate joined FOX 5 in studio Wednesday morning to argue for the future of the fields.

Developer Caruso Affiliated promises to maintain 85 percent of the 203-acre property as open space.

The City Council approved the project last year but opponents, citing buildings they think are too large and the threat of increased traffic congestion, collected enough petition signatures to force a public vote.

Listen to what both sides had to say in the video above.