Topic

conservation

220 petitions

Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to County Executive George Latimer

Save Scout Field

#SaveScoutField Join us in protecting and preserving Scout Field’s beauty, as well as its open space that is used freely by the people of lower Westchester County, New York.   Scout Field is an oasis of open green space within the fragile Bronx River Reservation, unlike any other in lower Westchester County.  It is a gathering place that reflects the diversity of County residents from the surrounding communities.   Whether picnicking under the century-old trees, taking a stroll, or meandering down a wooded path along the Bronx River, guests come to Scout Field to enjoy this welcoming communal activity space. You may decide to bike along the Bronx River Greenway on your way to Scout Field to join in a game of volleyball or soccer, or just play fetch with your favorite four-legged friend. Sadly, it is alarming that this sanctuary is now under siege by those who think they are entitled to do what they want with it. An Inter Municipal Agreement was surreptitiously negotiated between Westchester County’s previous County Executive and officials from the neighboring Town of Eastchester, New York, to install a soccer field for Eastchester, while not one blade of grass on Scout Field is located within the borders of the Town of Eastchester. This plan is expected to cost Westchester County taxpayers in excess of $2.5 million and will cede exclusive control of this parcel of County parkland to the Town of Eastchester.  The plan includes cutting down 31 trees, excavating the entire field, and disrupting the fragile ecosystem. To make matters worse, they plan to erect a fence and restrict public access, while allowing  the exclusive use by Eastchester Schools and youth sports programs.  This will forever change Scout Field by destroying the landscape while inhibiting the open-use of this precious green space. Allowing this to happen sets a dangerous precedent for County parkland to be absorbed by one community at the expense of all. We cannot afford or condone any restricted access to the park, or intentional destruction of native historic trees, hedges, and wild shrubs, as well as the displacement of established wildlife inhabiting the Bronx River Watershed. Therefore, we ask that you please join the Friends of Scout Field in opposing this short-sighted and selfish proposal to eliminate one of lower Westchester’s last remaining, natural, open-use green spaces. Find out more on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/savescoutfield

Shenan Golimbu
1,327 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Lee County Commissioners, John Manning, Cecil Pendergrass, Ray Sandelli, Brian Hamman, Frank Mann, Lee County, Lee County Southwest Florida

Fight Against the Waste Transfer Facility, corner of Alico Road & Green Meadows

Honorable Lee County Commissioners, I am adamantly opposed to the construction of the Solid Waste Transfer Station, Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off,  and Wastewater Treatment Facility on Alico Road. I have concerns for public safety and  health, quality of life including access to safe recreation, real estate values, environmental impacts and the integrity of the Conservation 20/20 Lands Program land use changes.  EPA siting guidelines for excluding sites for Solid Waste Transfer Stations include: wetlands and floodplains, endangered and protected flora and fauna habitats, protected sites of historical, archeological or cultural significance, prime agricultural land and parks and preserves.  I expect Lee County to follow these guidelines, and put public safety and well being at the forefront of your decision. Respectfully, Concerned Citizen Your health, safety, drinking water, panther habitat, waterways and our community is at risk! Sign this petition and help us fight against the proposed waste transfer facility at the corner of Alico Road and Green Meadows. It’s going to be a 429,000 square foot (size of four Walmart's) 3.5 story solid waste transfer station, waste water treatment and household hazardous waste facility. It will add 500 garbage trucks a day on Alico road and the site would be placed in the middle of the DR/GR (Density Reduction/ Groundwater Recharge) area. This is Lee Counties source of drinking water! Why we're fighting! The safety of our roadways and environment are at risk!  Conservation 20/20 lands are at risk for “Interdepartmental” swaps changing land use to public facilities without giving courtesy notices to affected homeowners. Trust has been violated as public input is stymied, procedural questions of good governance and oversight arise. A community in crisis! Lee County is proposing to construct a  Solid Waste Transfer Station, Waste Water Treatment & Household Hazardous Waste Facilities at East Alico Bend on Conservation Land and is failing to develop concurrent infrastructure. This creates unsafe roadways for all commuters in the area. Does this affect your family? Do you work at or have children or family that attend FGCU? Have you recently purchased a home site in Wild Blue,  live at Bella Terra, Corkscrew Shores or any of the many communities on Corkscrew, Ben Hill Griffin and Alico Roads? Are you looking for recreation opportunities within the Inner Loop with safe access?  We are a group of concerned citizens fighting for the integrity and safety of our community. The Inner Loop Working Group's mission is to ensure integrity and safety in community development impacting the 17 mile loop connecting Alico, Corkscrew & Ben Hill Griffin. This Solid Waste Transfer Station would add an estimated 500 trucks to our already overcrowded  Corkscrew and Alico Roadways. The site would be placed in the middle of the DR/GR (Density Reduction/ Groundwater Recharge) area. This is Lee Counties source of drinking water for your family.  This site would be placed in the flow-way of the headwaters for the Estero River watershed. This historic flow-way flows directly through Estero before entering the Estero River eventually emptying into the Estero Bay.  Approximately 500 garbage trucks carrying waste would spill hazardous leachate  onto our roadways and into the flow-way, and your backyard.  As in the past,  seasonal flooding will wash toxins and waste into our Estero water. Join our Facebook Group for updates on this issue here  - https://www.facebook.com/groups/fightagainstalico After you sign this petition, contacting the county is another way to give public input. Writing your County Commissioners, and the media speaks volumes! Short on time? Just cut and paste:  Honorable Commissioners: I am adamantly opposed to the construction the Solid Waste Transfer Station, Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off,  and Wastewater Treatment Facility on Alico Road.   I have concerns for public safety and  health, quality of life including access to safe recreation, real estate values, environmental impacts and the integrity of the Conservation 20/20 Lands Program land use changes.  EPA siting guidelines for excluding sites for Solid Waste Transfer Stations include: wetlands and floodplains, endangered and protected flora and fauna habitats, protected sites of historical, archeological or cultural significance, prime agricultural land and parks and preserves.  I expect Lee County to follow these guidelines, and put public safety and well being at the forefront of your decision. Respectfully, Concerned Citizen District 1: John Manning 239-533-2224 dist1@leegov.com District 2: Cecil Pendergrass 239-533-2227 dist2@leegov.com District 3: Ray Sandelli 239-533-2223 dist3@leegov.com District 4: Brian Hamman 239-533-2226 dist4@leegov.com District 5: Frank Mann 239-533-2225 dist5@leegov.com Mail Letters ASAP To:  2120 Main St. Fort Myers, FL 33901 Also write a letter to the News=Press Tips for writing a letter to the editor of the News-Press • Write a brief letter on any subject. The shorter and more to the point the better. Letters should be 200 words or fewer. • Because the News-Press cannot publish letters that cannot be verified, your name, address and daytime telephone number must be entered into the form.  • All letters are subject to editing for clarification and length.  • Choose your words carefully. Letters that contain libelous statements will likely either be edited or rejected.  • We prefer to have letters submitted in typed or electronically transmitted form. However, we will accept handwritten letters, provided the handwriting is legible.  • Submit by e-mail: mailbag@news-press.com • If you are sending handwritten letters by fax, please be sure the writing is dark enough to transmit clearly. The News-Press fax number is (239) 334-0708. • If you prefer to mail the News-Press a letter, address your correspondence to: Mailbag, P.O. Box 10, Fort Myers, FL 33902-0010. 

Inner Loop Working Group
632 supporters