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Save the Cape’s eagles, say no to less stringent setbacks

June 1, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

Cape Coral is a unique town. The fasting-growing town in the world .We are one of the largest towns in Southwest Florida.Therefore, an eagle protection setback of 1,100 feet is in order. Our eagles' nests are surrounded by construction and dwellings unlike any other town in Florida because the majority of the eagles' nests are in rural areas and wildlife preserves in those cities. Most eagles in the Cape need a quiet, substantial area of 1,100 feet to raise their young. Three eaglets were sacrificed because the town issued a permit to build around an eagle's nest. The developers can wait until nesting season is over but they should still be careful of the eagles' area when building.after nesting season is over.

Justifications for a 1,100-foot set back are many. Wild animal viewing is over a $2 billion money maker. Eagles are a symbol of our freedom. Our national bird needs and deserves to be protected. Eagles bring in tourists. Pythons are even a threat to the eggs. Our town needs wildlife for our children and citizens. Everyone remembers when they saw their first eagle. Save them in the Cape!

The Cape Coral City Council should look at home rule when considering this issue. Fracking and the Fertilizer Ordinances are prime examples of home rule. They defy state and federal guidelines. The Eagle Ordinance is a home rule issue. It should be treated as such. These two ordinances are a prime examples of why we can be different from everyone else and have an 1,100-foot guideline. We have adopted both of these local ordinances so why not keep the eagle setback ordinance as it is?

Please attend the city council meeting and stand up for our eagles at the Monday, June 4, meeting at 4:30 pm , in the council chambers.

On another issue. Nelson Preserve needs to be saved. No building on this beautiful lake-dotted environmental gem. With 400,000 people living in the Cape in the near future we need all the green space we can save. If I was a resident living near the preserve I would be after the town to have a well-advertised open public hearing on this property and reconsider the vote.

Sounds like a good lawsuit challenging the decision could be filed against the town on this one.

Carl Veaux

I speak for all the wild animals.

Cape Coral



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