Monday, April 16, 2018

Cape Coral Wildlife Trust

Dear Mayor and Council Members:

 I am writing on behalf of the Cape Coral Wildlife Trust (CCWT). We are an organization formed to acquire conservation properties in our City in order to ensure that the wildlife on those properties are protected in perpetuity.  Given our mission, we are particularly concerned about the proposal to change the eagle ordinance. We understand that a distance of 660 ft. has been deemed appropriate, but we do not agree with this. After reading the compelling information below, we are confident that you will see  that the ordinance should remain as it is. (1100 ft.)

First, I would like you to keep this quote from the Proposed Ordinance 32-18 in mind. "The purpose of this chapter is to protect and preserve the bald eagle by protecting, enhancing and preserving the nest of the eagle and its immediate environs. With reasonable compensation incentives and proper management, the population of the bald eagle in Cape Coral can be maintained."

1. Protect:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Bald Eagle Management Guidlines; The Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle Protection Act. A portion of this regulation states that their are penalties for any disturbance which will interfere with the life and longevity of the bird. Disturb means to agitate or bother a bald eagle to the degree that with normal breeding, feeding or sheltering behavior are negatively impacted. This definition also covers impacts resulting from human-induced alterations during a previously used nest site when eagles are not present. Examples of disruptions would be the noise created by heavy equipment, electric saws, hammering, etc.

2.  Preserve/Immediate Environs:   In order to truly preserve an animal, you must ensure that its existing state is maintained. When you reduce the area around the nest, you are also reducing habitat for the animals that eagles feed on such as rabbits, rats, possums, etc. You are not maintaining the existing site. This will cause more competition among eagles, which could eventually reduce the number of eagles.

3. Maintaining/Enhancing:  If this ordinance truly "enhanced" the eagle population, the Cape would see an increase in the number of eagles from year to year. If habitat loss and other disturbances occur, it is unlikely this would occur. The ordinance speaks of "maintaining" the population. Any ordinance should go beyond merely "maintaining" the existing population. It should insist on conditions that result in an increase in the population.

Finally, there is something counterintuitive about any ordinance that may result in the reduction of eagle numbers at worst and possible maintenance at best while Cape Coral's human population is increasing.  In a few decades, when our city reaches "build out," will ordinance 32-18 effectively eliminate this National symbol from the City of Cape Coral?

We trust you will give careful consideration to this issue. We appreciate the support of the Mayor and Council members of many of our past and present environmental concerns and feel confident that you will all vote to maintain the current eagle ordinance.

Sincerely yours,

Lori Haus-Bulcock
Cape Coral Wildlife Trust, Inc.
631-335-6070
CCWT website:  www.capecoralwildlifetrust.org

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Cape Coral Historical Society Meeting - February 12, 2018 - 2:30 PM


All are welcome! Where: Cultural Park Theatre, 528 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral, Florida 33990 When: All Meetings begin at 2:30pm More information phone 239-772-7037 - www.capecoralhistoricalmus 



Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Council greens lights golf course negotiations ~ Cape Coral Daily Breeze


http://www.cape-coral-daily-breeze.com/page/content.detail/id/665979/Council-greens-lights-golf-course-negotiations.html?nav=5011

Great News Again!

Great news again!  At the City Council meeting tonight the Council voted 6-1 with Councilmember Cosden not present to approve resolutions directing the City Manager to begin the process of negotiating the purchase of the golf course from the current owners.  After many years of kicking this can down the road, the Council tonight has formally begun the process to get the City to buy the property.  The next step will be to bring back a purchase contract for approval, assuming the City Manager can agree to acceptable terms for a purchase. 

The Council also voted to pursue a joint meeting with the Lee County Board of Supervisors to look at options for partnering with Lee County on getting funding from the county for the golf course.  The use of 20/20 funds are one option that is expected to be discussed. 

We believe there will be some process to gather input on what should happen with the golf course after the purchase is completed. I know many of you have ideas and we hope you share them and are also open to listening to the ideas others will share as well.  This is a large parcel that needs to be something that is beneficial to the community at large that can be a gem for generations to enjoy in the future.

Thank you to all who showed up tonight, last week or have been supporting us over the past few years.  Your support has been amazing.

We want to stress that this is not a done deal yet and negotiations will need to be concluded with the owner on price and terms.  There can always be unexpected bumps in the road and we need to stay vigilant and ensure this stays on track.  But, as we said last week as well, this is the best news we’ve had on the golf course in many, many years. 

Cape Coral votes to continue golf course negotiations NBC 2


http://www.nbc-2.com/story/37432923/cape-coral-voting-on-the-future-of-golf-club-land

Cape Coral City Council votes to pursue purchase of old golf course FOX 4


https://www.fox4now.com/news/local-news/cape-coral-city-council-votes-to-pursue-purchase-of-old-golf-course