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FGCU’s future

May 15, 2014
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

FGCU is in a position to do great things for the environment if the administration and our county commissioners see it this way . Here is a university where deer, panthers, alligators, bears and other Florida animals, and plants adjoin the university. It is a unique university where environmental studies can have a living laboratory right on or near campus. No other university in the world has this capability.

The Private Equity Group should not build any homes particularly east of the University. The animals will vanish such as the panther and bears that live almost on campus. Most of all, thousands of homes and businesses will destroy the deer herds and hogs that the panthers live on. Increased traffic will kill the animals which the SW Conservancy does not see. SW Conservancy should see this.

Lee County commissioners, please do your homework and mitigate lands for this developer to put this development elsewhere. Save the last truly environmental university in the world!

I have written to President Bradshaw telling him about being a truly environmental campus. I can only hope he agrees and asks the developers not to develop in back of the university. Even the students have said they would frequent the bars and coffeehouses and study less if this developer has his way. An environmental campus could encourage the development of a future John Muir or Marjorie Stoneman Douglas. Keep the university rural!

Carl Veaux

Cape Coral



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