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Southeast Volusia Audubon Society, P.O. Box 46, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170; president@SEVolusiaAudubon.org
proposal to purchase and develop the city of NSB property on the North
Causeway where city offices and the Marine Discovery Center were, and
from which the MDC runs its eco tour pontoon boat cruises, was made by
the owner of the adjacent marina. His proposed development would
include, among other things like hotel, restaurant and store, a
long boardwalk, open to the public as well as lots of boat slips
going parellel to shore in both easterly and westerly directions, and
included spurs that went straight to the roosting/nesting mangrove
islands behind the Dolphin View Restaurant.
It was discussed by the City Commission on September 6th.
to the meeting, I sent an email to the city commissioners addressing
the issue of the extensions that went to the mangrove islands. I
pointed out that we and our colleagues had been surveying those islands
for nesting Brown Pelicans for about ten years and we have found
upwards of 100 nests per year with one to two chicks per nest, along
with the many other species nesting there that we did not survey.
I stated that the proximity of the docks and slips to the islands had a
high potential for disturbing the nests because people would cause them
to flush by throwing sticks and rocks and making noises, and the
boardwalks would provide an easy path to the nest for predatory animals
such as feral cats and raccoons.
spoke at the City Comission meeting and expressed those concerns and,
like in the email, asked the commissioners to reject the extensions
going to the islands.
I sat down, the lawyer for the developer showed me a map and pointed to
the extensions and asked me if they were the ones I was concerned
with. I said "yes" and he conferred with the developer.
During his presentation to the attorney said that removal of those extensions tot he islands could be eliminated without problems. After the meeting, he introduced me to the developer who was very gracious and did not realize the potential impact on the birds on the islands. He was fine with removing the extensions.