Regarding both the Town-Crier letter by Royal Palm Beach Mayor Fred Pinto (Sept. 9) and an article in the Palm Beach Post (West Palm: SR 7 Extension Would Harm Some Species, Aug. 24). I agree with everything that Mayor Pinto said in the Town-Crier and the species that I am worried about is homo sapiens, namely you and me.
In the face of the build-build-build attitude of the Palm Beach County Commission and the total lack of any growth management, we are faced with a huge traffic infrastructure deficit.
Even at the state level, the travesty of converting the Department of Community Affairs to the Department of Economic Opportunity speaks to a total disregard for growth management and even common sense.
It is stated that State Road 7 is being “extended.” It is not being “extended,” the proposal is to connect the currently built parts of SR 7. That is, presently the SR 7 area being discussed runs from Okeechobee Blvd. to 60th Street North, dumping traffic into The Acreage, and from Northlake Blvd. south to Sandhill Way, dumping traffic into Ibis. The connection of these two already built pieces is required for sensible traffic flow and relief of future traffic impacts, as well as linking evacuation routes. Additionally, if a berm was included between the road and the wetland, then runoff could go to a west side of the road percolation area.
I am a staunch environmentalist, and knowing that traffic/noise could disturb the nesting of the snail kite, I suggest that construction start before nesting season so that the noise will prevent nesting from occurring in the immediate area, thereby avoiding disturbance of ongoing nesting. Rostrhamus sociabilis is an extremely mobile species and will nest locally elsewhere. That is, between Grassy Waters and the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area, there are more than 73,000 acres.
I find it strange that Ibis, especially its notable resident, the mayor of West Palm Beach, is fighting the loss of a few acres of these wetlands. That is, if one goes to Google Earth and zooms in on Ibis, it is obvious that that community was built directly in the wetland. Zoom in on places like Sparrow Hawk Drive, Starling Way and Anhinga Lane; they are currently in the wetland!
Build the road and let’s get back to a modicum of traffic concurrency.
Dr. Bill Louda, Loxahatchee Groves