Preserve Riverland Area's Unique Environment Before It's Too Late!
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The largest developer in the country, D.R. Horton (http://www.drhorton.com) has proposed a dense project on Riverland Road that would decimate over five acres of natural woodlands. To understand why this proposed development is so devastating, it's important to first understand what makes the Riverland Area so special.
Tucked-away in a serene corner of Fort Lauderdale off Davie Boulevard is a beautiful area that is the very definition of 'Old Florida.'
Protected owls, butterflies, majestic 200 year old live oaks, nesting herons, gopher tortoises and other endangered species exist on this site and on surrounding lands. The foliage is dense and many of the homes are the original ones built in the 50s, when this was considered a wild part of unincorporated Broward. (The old timers claim panthers prowled here)...The area has a colorful history -- allegedly including drug drops off in the canals during the 70's at stash houses and outrageous parties that went on for days.
It's a magical place - the "Coconut Grove of Fort Lauderdale," and many people don't even know the neighborhood exists. Homes were designed around huge live oak trees, rather than cutting them down for easy tract home construction. Tremendous care went into preserving these beautiful specimen trees, highly valued and prized as living artwork and sculpture.
The Riverland Area was annexed by the City of Fort Lauderdale from unincorporated Broward county in February of 2002, and, understanding how special and important this area was, under Resolution 02-28 the City promised to preserve the existing character, integrity and unique lifestyle of the area.
The City is not honoring the promises made to the residents of the Riverland Area by allowing the developer to proceed with a plan that in no way fits the character of the existing neighborhood.
Carving out lots that are half the size of the adjacent properties is not only uncharacteristic, it effectively destroys the over 400 trees and palms on the site. Specimen sized trees will be cut down.
In addition to environmental and lot size impacts, concerns over the proposed development include life and safety issues. Access to the proposed development is on a busy, dangerous curve of Riverland Road, where the average speed of vehicles is over 45 mph and countless accidents occur.
The community has come together to form a group specifically designed to highlight the importance and uniqueness of the Riverland Area; The Riverland Preservation Society. It is our goal to maintain and preserve this area for years to come, encouraging development that works with the natural trees and landscape, enhancing and protecting the character that drew us to the area in the first place. We must let the City of Fort Lauderdale know how important preservation is to our community. If we allow what makes this place so special to be taken away, it will be gone forever.
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