Protect 57 acres in Jupiter from Deforestation!

Protect 57 acres in Jupiter from Deforestation!

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Stephanie Selz started this petition to Jupiter Planning and Zoning Commission and Jupiter Town Council

We the undersigned oppose the re-zoning proposal of Beacon Park's 57.7 acres on north and south sides of Island Way. We ask Jupiter’s Planning and Zoning Commission members and the Jupiter Town Council members to reject the re-zoning proposal of Beacon Park.

As members of the Jupiter community, we see the value of keeping this forest preserved. By saying no to this proposed deforestation, we are choosing to promote the health of our community and environment for present and future generations to come. 

About the re-zoning proposal:

Beacon Park is a proposed development project spanning 57.7 acres of forest both north and south of Island Way in Jupiter, Florida. The proposal states " Large Scale Planned Unit Development (PUD) and master site plan application for R&D, Office, Light Industrial, Hotel, Retail, Self-storage, Daycare, and Restaurant Uses on 57.7 acres". This proposal is currently Under Review by the Jupiter Planning and Zoning Commission. 

Reasons for rejecting this re-zoning proposal:

•INCREASED TRAFFIC AND POLLUTION: Bringing in a corporate hotel and industry will increase traffic and pollution in this area. This area is located right beside both residential and recreational areas in Jupiter. Preventing traffic and pollution in this area is for the health interests of all nearby residents and families who enjoy Jupiter Community Park. 

•ALTERNATIVE SITES: There are currently vacant shopping plazas nearby that are more suitable for development. We do not need to destroy this forest for the purpose of development when there are already developed spaces that are available to be reused.

•RISK TO THE COMMUNITY’S HEALTH AND WELLBEING: Preserving nature is beneficial to the mental, emotional, and physical health of the Jupiter community. Many nearby residents walk and bike along Island Way to enjoy the outdoors and Harvard studies show that spending time in nature is beneficial to our health and wellbeing (https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/sour-mood-getting-you-down-get-back-to-nature If this forest is developed, this puts the community’s mental and physiological wellbeing at risk.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF PROPOSED DEFORESTATION OF THIS LAND:

•LOSS OF HABITAT: This land is home to countless species of trees, plants, birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, including the State-Threatened Gopher Tortoise and Florida Sandhill Crane. Rejecting this proposal will protect this ecosystem and at-risk populations.

•DECREASED RESILIENCE TO ENVIRONMENTAL DANGERS: The existing ecosystem plays many roles in promoting the health of our environment. Forests prevent soil erosion and water runoff, keep our air clean and cool, provide protection from hurricanes and flooding, regulate the water and nutrient cycle, absorb greenhouse gasses, create oxygen, and promote diversity therefore reducing pests and disease. Destroying 57.7 acres of forest will immediately result in loss of ecological function and put the community at a higher risk of environmental dangers. 

In conclusion, the rejection of this proposed re-zoning reflects the community values of health and stewardship. The health of our lands reflects the health of our people. 

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