There was standing room only at a meeting to consider controversial proposals for a Premier Inn hotel on Skegness seafront.
Around 80 people crowded into the Town Hall last Tuesday to have their say on the issue.
The special meeting provided a chance for local residents to question town councillors about proposals for the hotel chain to build on the Pier Field site, owned by East Lindsey District Council.
Speakers expressed vocal opposition to the plans, revealed exclusively in The Standard last month.
Protestors included Nigel Underwood, owner of the Savoy Hotel on North Parade
He said: “The future of Skegness is at stake here. East Lindsey District Council is carving up the foreshore.”
However, Coun Mark Anderson said the views the whole community needed to be taken into account not just those attending the meeting.
He added: “I want to make it clear the town is evenly divided on this development.”