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Fees before trees

November 29, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

I would like to offer kudos to the City of Cape Coral for the issuance of a building permit for yet another house in the area around Northeast 33rd Lane. This particular lot had a grove of 80 feet or taller and several decades old loblolly pine trees, along with assorted wild palmetto palm trees. One tree in particular, was known to have an owl nest in it.

Within hours, all these beautiful trees and bushes, along with whatever wildlife was living there, was reduced to piles of logs, branches, and mounds of dirt. I am angered and saddened having had to witness this destruction of natural habitat.

The city couldn't purchase this parcel of land, which was part of several lots together that also have mature pine trees, from being developed and lost forever? Personally, I wouldn't mind seeing my tax dollars go towards saving and conserving land like this, as opposed to other frivolous things the city earmarks funds for.

Meanwhile, there are miles and miles and acres and acres of flat land that form the northeast and northwest sections of Cape Coral, devoid of ANY trees, making it look like an apocalyptic wasteland. I thought Cape Coral prided itself on protecting wildlife and conserving natural resources? Evidently not... more like protecting money it receives from developers.

Rod Hudgins

Cape Coral

 
 
 

 

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