What do citizens want? Reasonable development in Santa Rosa County, FL

What do citizens want? Reasonable development in Santa Rosa County, FL

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Save Our Soundside started this petition to Santa Rosa County and

As a resident, taxpayer and voter in Santa Rosa County, I am wondering why you continue to discount public input, comments and pleas for help, while deferring to large tract developers on matters detrimental to public interest?

This petition is in response to the April 28th LDC workshop meeting. Residents cannot attend a 12-hour meeting like some developers. Residents are not given preferential treatment in seating, as though they are part of the county government. Attending for the duration of a meeting should not carry more weight than citizen property rights, science, irrefutable evidence of damage to our waterways, and jeopardizing our future as a county.

Economics: We the citizens have spoken loud and clear, we are willing to pay additional taxes but only after Impact Fees are reinstated on the very source of our county’s infrastructure issues.  We are over-burdened with maintaining their developments, in storm water ponds (over 350), garbage, traffic and the new flood zones they have created. When will we lose our FEMA discounts? Our natural resources, trees and wetlands, help offset for free, the negative impacts of development.

Science: If we continue to allow clearcutting and minimal wetlands buffers, we are sending a clear message that our neighbors’ property rights do not count.  We are sending a message that while we see the evidence before our eyes, we will continue to allow run-off in the form of red clay, fertilizers, and other toxins & bacteria to enter our waterways, reduce water quality and impact our seagrass beds and aquatic life. We will see an increase in health advisories in our waterways. That’s not even debatable. We have years of evidence and proof.

The Future: If your vision is roads, driveways and rooftops covering every available lot, we are well on our way.  But we must think of what comes with that. More cars and congestion, walking and cycling becoming too perilous to consider, schools overcrowded, losing the best teachers, school ratings drop, drinking water at risk, impaired surface waters and a decline in our fish populations. Contaminated waters no one wants to swim in. Lack of marine life, increased algae blooms, and red tide. We only have to look at South Florida to see where we are heading. For $300, one developer can destroy a wetland for eternity.  Wetlands protect our waterways, our priceless backyard, and the very thing that draws people to the area.

Please listen to the people before it’s too late. Our top 10 requests were & are (in order of priority):

1.No clear-cutting of trees/ tree ordinance  2. Preservation & Environment  3. Quality of life (traffic, water quality, wildlife) 4. Landscaping (native & wildlife corridors) 5. Over-development issues 6. Limitations on permitting 7. Impact Fees 8. Concurrency 9. Traffic 10. Schools.

Unfortunately, we have lost confidence in some of our elected officials. You are considering spending $150K to find out what we want. We have been telling you for years what we want & it is here in writing. When elected officials see the evidence, agree practices need to change, but vote to continue the same practices, can we trust them to steer the landscape and the community they represent into a safe, healthy, and secure future?  We urge you to implement recommendations of the citizens in the new LDC, including the recommended wetland buffers.

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