COMMUNITIES COME TOGETHER TO SAVE PRESERVE & STOP OVERDEVELOPMENT
NAPLES, FL (March 25, 2019) A remarkable community effort is underway by a group of affected residents to oppose the Whippoorwill Extension project, a Collier County driven plan to spend millions of dollars to build a cut-through L-shaped road that will destroy ten acres of preserve land along Whippoorwill Lane and Marbella Lakes Dr. in Naples.
The County originally claimed that the reason for the cut-through was that the local communities wanted it. When this proved false, the County claimed that the reason was to alleviate Pine Ridge road traffic. When research proved that wrong, he County claimed that the project was necessary for safety, but no study backs that claim, and it seems to be contrary to logic. The real reason seems to be, as the “developer commitments,” a term cited in the fine print of a Dept. of Transportation report and as stated verbally by County Representatives , as well.
“We feel that our District 4 Commissioner Penny Taylor is determined to push forward with that project, despite evidence that the reasons given aren’t viable,” said Joe Rodriguez, a Marbella Lakes resident. “This road, based on the County’s own study, will add 2,000 cars a day to our communities. How can that make us safer?”
People in the adjacent communities strongly believe that the true driving force behind the proposed project is for the development of multi-family units under high voltage power lines along Whippoorwill Lane, the opportunity to develop other lots along the street and the profits to be made from building the road itself.
The Whippoorwill Extension project will eradicate a small wildlife sanctuary and peaceful walking trail that the local communities enjoy on a daily basis.
The group developed a website www.noroadextension.com so that all concerned have access to information that is updated consistently. A petition to stop the project that is actively being circulated and signed by residents of the communities, will be presented to the Collier County Commissioners before the April 9th vote.
“The County has presented residents with an oversimplified and short-sighted description of the cut-through road and its outcomes,” said Jim Kessler, a Stratford Place resident. “This road will mean more dangerous traffic and less natural preserve that protects our health and the entire environment.”
For more information visit www.noroadextension.com
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