Sunday, March 12, 2017

Seeking Comments on State Parks

Dear friends of the Conservation Alliance of St. Lucie County:

This email is the first of two emails to ask you to submit your comments to Florida’s Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) no later than Wednesday March 15th. (See information below.) Please bear with us as we give brief background on this very important issue in this first email.  The second email will provide more details in the email body of who to contact and other secondary issues. 

If you’ve been following the news you’d already know that DEP is proposing significant changes to Savannas Preserve State Park’s Unit Management Plan. (UMP)

The most important change is to the policy concerning the designation of “Preserve” to include so-called “secondary compatible uses,” such as timber harvesting and cattle grazing. There is also a nod to allow the widening and extension of roads, that will take additional Preserve Parklands.

Historically, the designation of “Preserve" was given only to ecologically significant and sensitive lands, the conservation of which is the primary, and overriding, purpose.

It was due to the hard work that the CASLC along with Martin County notables such as Dr. Richard Stoke and Maggy Hurchalla in the 1970s that the Savannas Preserve was created in the first place. After Ft. Pierce Inlet State Park, this was our next very big accomplishment. We want it protected as it has been since its creation in 1977.

We’re not the only state park in which DEP is attempting to bring in other uses, an action which we see as the “camel’s nose under the tent.” We are working with the folks working to preserve Myakka State Park, which is next up for changes, followed by several others.

Check in with Facebook page for Florida State Parks in Peril to get the latest information: www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=florida%20state%20parks%20in%20peril

We are attaching a copy of the detailed flyer that Jono from Myakka has made for both the Savannas Preserve and Myakka Parks. It can also be found on the above FB page. www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=florida%20state%20parks%20in%20peril

Here’s the links to two of the recent TCPalm articles on the issue.  They are also on the Alliance’s FB page.


Contact information is provided in all three of the above references, however, the specifics will also be sent to you in the next email as well. 

Please know that it’s precisely because we want to PREVENT A PRECEDENT of taking Preserve State Parklands for what is clearly an“incompatible use” of building a bridge that we have persisted in our fight to save the Halpatiokee Trails Unit of SPSP.  If the Crosstown Parkway bridge is built it will result in the degradation and destruction of at least 2/3  of this area. with its glorious wetlands, and diverse species habitat (including irreplaceable fish nursery) and hundreds of species. Not to mention degraded water quality for the North Fork of the St. Lucie River.  How many other municipalities will learn from the template that was created here and greedily command the use of the last green and blue natural resources in their cities with DEP’s blessing? Please feel free to include your comments on the Halptiokee/Crosstown Bridge issue in your comments.

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