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‘Nelson Preserve’ property should be protected for posterity

May 4, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

One of the best unknown nature jewels of Cape Coral, the Nelson Preserve, is now facing demise by a proposed development featuring a 1325-unit apartment complex, dwarfing the likes of Carolina, Midtown and Uptown combined (total of 600 units). The developer, Forge Development Group of Allentown, PA assisted by Fischler Realty has recently purchased the property for $3.5 million from RA Lakes, LLC in January 2018, with city council zoning changes approved in early Feb.

This 83-acre site, featuring 7 lakes and old-growth pine forest, is bounded on three sides by single family housing and on the north by 200 acres of open land being developed as "Stonewater." The location is about 1000 feet west of the corner of Nelson Road and Embers Parkway in District 6 of the northwest Cape. With 40 acres of lakes and abundant wildlife (eagles, tortoises, coyotes, etc) and a wide variety of woodlands, the potential for a nature park unlike anything else in the Cape becomes obvious.

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Nelson Preserve

Photo provided by James Wieter

With single-family housing all around, very limited road access, an enormous development far larger than anything else in the Cape (possible doubling total current capacity), destroying a unique landscape, obliterating the wildlife, overwhelming traffic in the area, there is absolutely no redeeming quality to this development whatsoever!

Surely a more appropriate place can be found for these massive developments, or even better, break them up to more manageable sizes. This 83-acre gem of forest, lakes and wildlife would make a stunning nature park for the city (not to be confused with soccer and ball fields) - similar to the south city parks like Rotary and Jaycee but much better - a space for us, our kids and grandkids

If you care about Cape Coral development, saving our green spaces for posterity, reducing traffic congestion, protecting wildlife and just simply creating a more livable city, please write to your council member, attend council meetings and speak out for your ideas on the direction and planning for YOUR city, for it is really the residents' city. If this development goes ahead and this preserve is lost, it's gone FOREVER - we can't get the eagles, the tortoises and the beauty of the lakes and forest back again - we'll just have more concrete and buildings to look at instead.

James Wieter

Cape Coral



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