A big developer (D.R. Horton - http://www.drhorton.com) has fast-tracked a dense project that would decimate 5 acres of natural woodlands tucked-away in a serene corner of FTL off Davie Boulevard that is very 'Old Florida.' We have protected owls/butterflies, majestic 200 year old live oaks, nesting herons, gopher tortises and other endangered species.
The foliage is dense and many of the homes are the original ones built in the 50s, when this was considered a wild part of unincorporated Broward. (The old timers claim panthers prowled here)...The area has a colorful history -- allegedly including drug drops off in the canals during the
70s at stash houses and outrageous parties that went on for days.
It's really a special place - the "Coconut Grove of Fort Lauderdale", and many people don't even know the neighborhood exists.
Neighbors a few hundred feet from the site never received notices from planning and zoning or the developer. Environmental groups are lined up against this. The location is on a busy and dangerous curve on Riverland Road, where numerous accidents have occurred, which is particularly unfortunate. The owners might have illegally cleared their property before making the rounds with developers. The property has been heavily cut (oaks) within the past year. Many people witnessed this b/c it was
right on Riverland Road.
This area was annexed by the City of Fort Lauderdale from un-incorporated Broward county in February of 2002, under RESOLUTION NO. 02-28, where the City declared SUPPORT FOR THE INCORPORATION OF THE GREATER RIVERLAND ROAD AREA INTO THE CITY OF FORT LAUDERDALE AND ITS INTENT TO PRESERVE THE EXISTING
CHARACTER, INTEGRITY AND UNIQUE LIFESTYLE OF THE AREA"
The City does not appear to support the promises made to the area. We seek your support. We will announce the date of the City Council Commission meeting as soon as we know the date.
We want the city commissioners to know that we prefer nature over dense multi-story housing that will impart an adverse urbanising effect on the landscape.
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You can't conserve what you haven't got
Marjory Stoneman Douglas
This is what we wish to preserve