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‘Nelson Preserve’ property should be protected for posterity

May 4, 2018

To the editor: One of the best unknown nature jewels of Cape Coral, the Nelson Preserve, is now facing demise by a proposed development featuring a 1325-unit apartment complex, dwarfing the likes of......

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Lestino

May-14-18 7:44 AM

Single family homes on 1 acre lots and the tax revenue from them would be better use of the property. We don't want or need more unproductive nature areas, we need a better tax base, less spending, and lower property taxes!

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anticorp

May-05-18 4:12 PM

A note to your whimsical ignorance of increasing demand on the water supply. Seems like u have time to explore what happens to cities that embrace urban spawl. Granted a few benefit from trashing the livability of a region. The down side is such as “higher water and air pollution, increased traffic fatalities and jams, increased car dependency, higher taxes, increased runoff into rivers and lakes, harmful effects on human health, increased flooding, decrease in social capital and loss of natural habitats, wildlife and open space. In its path, urban sprawl consumes woodlands and wetlands and in its wake, leaves vacant storefronts, boarded up houses, closed businesses, (look no further than Lehigh) abandoned and usually contaminated industrial sites, and traffic congestion, which can stretch miles from urban centers and is creating a hidden debt of unfunded infrastructure and services, urban decay, social dysfunction, and environmental degradation.”

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Electrician

May-05-18 10:41 AM

It is also bordered on 3 sides by 4 lane divided roads that lead to a state highway that is less than a 1/2 mile away and shopping and retail centers within 1 mile. It backs up to the county bus barn, Mariner HS and Middle, and the NW Library. Ever since the Nelson family built Whispering Pines Rd in the 70s it's been known that it would be developed.

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Electrician

May-05-18 10:40 AM

At times I reminisce about my early times in Cape Coral when the population was something less than 25,000 and wonder why 170,000 others had to follow me here and that includes the letter writer. I think about the fact that the number of whiners would be reduced by seven-fold, that I could drive down Del Prado and worry about red lights. This is the Cape Coral that I sometimes long for but those days gave way to the calendar and progress. I could get a seat at Willy’s Restaurant on Cape Coral Pkwy for breakfast and maybe dine at the Norse Viking later that evening before having a nightcap with Bob at the Nautilus, making sure I got home early so I could get an early start fishing on Saturday. This is the Cape Coral that I sometimes long for but those days gave way to the calendar and progress.

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Electrician

May-05-18 10:40 AM

Ah, fishing, the time when there were no manatee zones, or closed seasons, fish abound and no one ever heard of red tide. The grass beds were full of trout and reds and you would see the dolphin cruise the canals looking for mullet to toss in the air before they dined on them. This is the Cape Coral that I sometimes long for but those days gave way to the calendar and progress. But if the fish weren’t biting you could get a good tee time at the Country Club, enjoy a friendly game with Joe, Bill, Tony and the lot before stopping in to say hello to one of the best barmen to step foot in Cape Coral, Major, and his boss John. This is the Cape Coral that I sometimes long for but those days gave way to the calendar and progress.

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Electrician

May-05-18 10:39 AM

If you needed a change of pace a 2 ½ hour trip north or south on US 41, for I75 wasn’t even a dream, landed you in Miami or Tampa. You could travel anywhere in Miami and soak up the culture. Stop in L’il Havana for a Café Cubano before tailgating across the street from the Orange Bowl waiting on Griese, Csonka, Kick and Morris to go undefeated in 1972. This is the Cape Coral that I sometimes long for but those days gave way to the calendar and progress. With greater certainty than Donna, Andrew, Charley, Irma and their friends, progress came to Cape Coral and those of us who lived here embraced it then and still do today. We welcome the newcomer, although we remind them that this is not “up North” and apparently, we did something right as they chose to move here but, if they find we have fallen short of their expectations once here, we will fondly wave goodbye as they head north on the shiny new I75.

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Electrician

May-05-18 10:37 AM

It is also bordered on 3 sides by 4 lane divided roads that lead to a state highway that is less than a 1/2 mile away and shopping and retail centers within 1 mile. It backs up to the county bus barn, Mariner HS and Middle, and the NW Library. Ever since the Nelson family built Whispering Pines Rd in the 70s it's been known that it would be developed. At times I reminisce about my early times in Cape Coral when the population was something less than 25,000 and wonder why 170,000 others had to follow me here and that includes the letter writer. I think about the fact that the number of whiners would be reduced by seven-fold, that I could drive down Del Prado and worry about red lights. This is the Cape Coral that I sometimes long for but those days gave way to the calendar and progress. I could get a seat at Willy’s Restaurant on Cape Coral Pkwy for breakfast and maybe dine at the Norse Viking later that evening before having a nightcap with Bob at the Nautilus, making sure I

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Electrician

May-05-18 10:37 AM

Ah, fishing, the time when there were no manatee zones, or closed seasons, fish abound and no one ever heard of red tide. The grass beds were full of trout and reds and you would see the dolphin cruise the canals looking for mullet to toss in the air before they dined on them. This is the Cape Coral that I sometimes long for but those days gave way to the calendar and progress. But if the fish weren’t biting you could get a good tee time at the Country Club, enjoy a friendly game with Joe, Bill, Tony and the lot before stopping in to say hello to one of the best barmen to step foot in Cape Coral, Major, and his boss John. This is the Cape Coral that I sometimes long for but those days gave way to the calendar and progress. If you needed a change of pace a 2 ½ hour trip north or south on US 41, for I75 wasn’t even a dream, landed you in Miami or Tampa. You could travel anywhere in Miami and soak up the culture. Stop in L’il Havana for a Café Cubano before tailgating across the

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Electrician

May-05-18 10:37 AM

With greater certainty than Donna, Andrew, Charley, Irma and their friends, progress came to Cape Coral and those of us who lived here embraced it then and still do today. We welcome the newcomer, although we remind them that this is not “up North” and apparently, we did something right as they chose to move here but, if they find we have fallen short of their expectations once here, we will fondly wave goodbye as they head north on the shiny new I75.

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anticorp

May-04-18 4:27 PM

ER, is the air meant to be privatized, the water in the ground, every square foot of green space and we are all consigned to living in little boxes and spend every waking minute when not inside our little boxes on concrete or asphalt. Something must be sacred and safe from the destructive actions of corporate/republican profiteering. If the citizenry won’t stand up for “the commons” quality of life will become ashes beneath the feet of so-called civilization.

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ERoberts

May-04-18 3:15 PM

It isn't a preserve. Calling it a preserve does not make it one. It is private property that has always been intended for development. Just because you moved in next to it, doesn't mean everyone else should get on board with your personal agenda. You should have researched what would happen there before buying your house, Mr. NIMBY.

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