Whippoorwill Road Extension Petition Now Available Online for electronic signature:
We are pleased to inform you of the web site enhancement that will allow you, and any voting age person in your household with log in capability, to electronically sign the Stop the Whippoorwill Extension Project petition. This may save you a trip to the club house or the need for someone to knock on your door, although those options are still available.
The process will require you to log in to the Marbella Lakes web site. This voting capability is only available to those residents who can log in. For example, if only a wife and not a husband can log into our web site, only the wife will be able to vote electronically. The husband can certainly sign on for log in capability but must do so before this capability is available to him.
Once logged in, click on the petition link located in “Important Notices” on the Home page. That will take you to the petition where you will be able to sign it. After signing, hit the submit button. For those without log in capability, you will still need to come to the club house to sign or let us know, and we’ll be happy to bring the petition to your door for signing.
Please, please sign the petition. The Whippoorwill Extension project will create very unfavorable conditions just outside our gate, including difficult-to-maneuver traffic circles, thousands of additional cars passing just in front of our gate, traffic backups, the destruction of the beautiful oasis and trail we now have and enjoy, and the certain disruption of the wildlife visits we now witness along the drainage canal along Marbella Lakes Drive.
Signatures are necessary but your presence at the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) Meeting on April 9th is critical.
Petition Reads As Follows:
Dear Collier County Commissioners:
We write to you to, once again, express our long-standing opposition to the Whippoorwill Lane Extension Project. The extension would cut through two small areas of preserve land which have become nesting areas for migratory birds and other wildlife. This land (see attached photos), is a valuable area of land for the enjoyment of residents who use the area for walking and biking, for reducing fertilizer run off into waterways and for providing a necessary sound barrier from the surrounding busy roadways.
The original reason for the Whippoorwill extension was that this road was going to be extended to I-75 to build an overpass to Green Boulevard. At the meeting on January 10, 2019 held by the County for Marbella Lakes residents and the subsequent meeting for Stratford Place, we were informed that the Green Boulevard project was “off the table”. Our question to you, our Commissioners is, if the proposed overpass to Green Boulevard is “off the table” why has the Whippoorwill extension now been hurriedly pushed to the front burner.
The project was voted down in 2013, but re-surfaced in October 2017, and then was again put on hold due to neighborhood opposition. Now, even though a new and more costly design has now been presented, the surrounding communities remain in opposition to this costly, wasteful and damaging project.
The community of Marbella Lakes and the communities on Whippoorwill Lane were also originally told that the project was planned because the residents of these neighboring communities wanted it. The neighborhoods informed the County that we overall did not want this project. Then we were informed by the County that the project was necessary for safety, even though it is clear the road extension will add more safety concerns. Many school buses drop off children at Marbella Lakes and on Whippoorwill Lane, and a great number of residents use this road for biking and walking.
The real reason for the road project appears to be the profit to be made from building the road, and that the extension is necessary in order for a developer to squeeze 60 proposed townhomes underneath high voltage lines which cross Whippoorwill Lane.
The residents of Marbella Lakes and The Stratford Place remain vehemently opposed to this project for many reasons. They include:
- No increased safety in an emergency: The extension will provide miniscule reduction in response time to an emergency. Marbella Lakes is five minutes from the emergency station. The Stratford Place Community is 1.23 miles or four minutes from an emergency station. How will this make us safer and how did you get to this conclusion? What research and reports back this up?
- Multiplied traffic flow: The extension will be certain to increase traffic thus decreasing the safety of our communities. The site of the future extension will destroy an area heavily used by children, bicyclists, runners and walkers. More traffic will decrease safety.
- More value in reserving the site as natural land: At the time of the original development at the end of Whippoorwill Lane, two small preserve areas were left as required by law. The small section of land where the extension is proposed currently serves to combine these two preserves into one decent sized natural area. The area, along with the Kensington Canal, has become a nesting place for rare migratory birds, otters and other wildlife. Before any vote takes place, a new Environmental Impact Study and Wild Migratory Bird Act study needs to be completed.
- Helps prevent flooding: The area also serves as a place for storm water to drain off, and helped prevent flooding at the time of Hurricane Irma. We are all now learning the lessons of over-development, and the need to maintain buffer land wherever possible.
As stated earlier and brought out at the most recent meetings the PRIMARY REASON for the county to be supporting this road, is for the benefit of the developer to be able to build 60 townhomes on Whippoorwill. The townhome project is in and of itself a bad idea, given how the homes will need to be squeezed in under high voltage lines. Whippoorwill is already maxed out for development. The last thing we need is another squeezed in development and more traffic on problematic Whippoorwill Lane.
We, the under-signed, your constituents, ask you to do what’s in the best interests of the people you serve. We ask you to look at the big picture, address this vacillating reasoning, and stop this ill-planned, preserve destroying, costly road.
Landscaping around Clubhouse Pool
The rabbits have eaten many of our beautiful plants around the pool. Next Wednesday, (3/13) we will be installing new plant material that is performing well, that rabbits seem to leave alone. We are keeping our fingers crossed, they do not eat the new plantings.
Townhall Meeting with Comcast
Save the Date: Wednesday, March 20th – 6 pm @ the Clubhouse
As you know, Marbella Lakes cancelled the bulk agreement with Comcast effective June 1, 2019.
The BOD’s met with Comcast Account Executives this week and the Board has agreed to have Comcast Executives, along with their Marketing Team come out to Marbella to give a presentation on alternative options for our community. They will also have their marketing team on site where residents will be able to discuss their individual bill or ask specific questions (after the meeting).
Indoor Sports Court
The indoor sports court will reopen on Sunday morning, 3/10/19. Thank you for your patience.
Save the Date:
Fire Sprinkler Inspection is scheduled for March 11 – 13th. In order for your unit to be inspected, someone will need to be at the residence to allow access. These inspections are done to assure everything is in good working order for your safety. We will be going door to door beginning on Monday morning at approximately 9 AM, March 11th – 13th.
Landscaping Updates at the Condo’s
Vinca’s were planted around the new front trees this week. They could use some extra water if you are willing and have the time to water tree by your condo building. Thank you.
When the school bus is stopped with stop sign out, you must wait for the children to load/unload the bus. We have been getting reports again that cars have been driving around the School Bus when it is stopped to pick up children, and we have also received reports that some cars are even exiting through the main entrance. This is illegal and very dangerous. If the school bus is stopped with the stop sign out, you must wait. NO Exceptions! Please slow down and be patient for the safety of our children and residents. Under no circumstances may you drive around the bus. Thank you for your cooperation.
Please remember to bring in your trash containers after pick-up on the day of collection.
As a reminder, the rules state: “Trash that is required to be placed at the front of the lot in order to be collected may be placed and kept at the curb after 5:00 pm on the day before the scheduled day of collection, but not sooner. Any trash containers shall be removed after pick-up on the day of collection.”
As a reminder, PLEASE do not feed the wildlife which includes the DUCKS.
It is not healthy for them as they become dependent on people for food. The best food for ducks is what they eat naturally— algae, insects and a variety of plants which are abundant in our subtropical climate. Humans most often feed them bread and similar items. These have no nutritional value for the duck. Additionally, feeding by humans makes the ducks reliant on such hand-outs, too lazy to continue foraging for their natural dietary items.
Feeding ducks encourages them to use the neighborhood as their bathroom, leaving droppings on patios, sidewalks and porches.
This is your weekly REMINDER,
the posted SPEED LIMIT for our community is 20 MPH. Please respect our community and drive carefully. Also, please remind guests and visitors to be mindful of the posted speed limits.
Thank you for keeping our community safe.
Have a great weekend!