Show Up; Speak Up; Block Walkover

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As it now stands, on February 3, 2020, the Fort Myers Beach Town Council will be rehearing the proposal by the property owners at 8150 and 8170 Estero Blvd. for a dune walkover approximately 300 feet in length. The dune walkover would be built adjacent to the Little Estero Island Critical Wildlife Area and have a negative impact on the many birds that depend on this area. The construction of this dune walkover would alter the integrity of the ecosystem and the natural look of what is a small remnant of pristine habitat at the South End of Fort Myers Beach. This area is recognized by many to be a place of natural beauty, distinct and unique, to anywhere else on Fort Myers Beach.

The south end of Fort Myers Beach hosts an array of wading birds and shorebirds. The following birds are on the Florida State Threatened and Endangered Birds List – American Oystercatcher, Black Skimmer, Least Tern, Little Blue Heron, Piping Plover, Reddish Egret, Roseate Spoonbill, Red Knot, Snowy Plover, Tricolored Heron, and Wood Stork and are frequently seen inhabiting from the lagoons out to the Gulf. Habitat fragmentation and the addition of human structures (dune walkover) in their habitat will be detrimental to these species.

I encourage every Town Resident who cares about keeping this pristine habitat as is to attend the Town Council meeting on Feb. 3, 2020 starting at 9:00 am. As Town Residents, we can speak in support of the November 2019 vote of 3 to 2 by the Town Council to deny the Special Exception required for the construction of the dune walkover.

 

Penny Jarrett
Fort Myers Beach