Dear Council Member Gibson, (this letter was sent to all council members)
As you think over your vote for Wednesday (2/3/16) I am hoping you will consider the impact that you personally can have on the future of Bonita Springs. I imagine that you feel I should know that that is what you worry about every day in your role of Council Member for Bonita Springs. But sometimes the big picture for the right action gets lost in the rhetoric of politics. I wanted to give you a visual of what your vote means.
The first picture is Naples Bay and you can see the high rises built along the coast in the upper half of that picture.
The second is Estero Bay – the way it looks now where Raptor Bay golf course is a nature friendly acreage, not even seen behind the mangrove.
Pelican Landing was conceived, and approved as a whole piece: high rises and dwellings interspersed with golf courses south of Coconut Rd, a high rise hotel at the end of Coconut Rd, balanced by open space Raptor Bay golf course and low rise timeshares north of Coconut Rd. The whole concept approved years ago works to balance the needs of commerce with the need to pay attention to ecology and overbuilding.
What is being asked for by WCI in the vote on Wednesday now throws that balance away and begins the creation of the Naples coastline. In Naples they are now forcing green space to balance their concrete.
You stand at a historic junction. I urge you to give us the unblemished Estero Bay to keep Bonita Springs that beautiful green place the Council approved so many years ago.
Thank you for reading this, for listening, for giving this your consideration.
Resident, Pelican Landing