FIGHT FOR ENDANGERED TURTLES: STOP Beachside Density Development in Brevard

  • by: Beachside Sustainability 32937
  • recipient: Frank Catino, Curt Smith, Kristine Isnardi, Virginia Barker, Jim Barfield, Thomas Frick, Jennifer DiMaio, Bryan Lober, John Tobia, Rita Pritchett, Henry Minneboo, Adam Lane Perez, Ron DeSantis, Scott Pruitt, Brevard County, Randy Fine, Thad Altman, Florida

CALL TO ACTION: Sign this petition and Join Our Cause to Help us SAVE endangered turtles.  We must STOP HIGH DENSITY DEVELOPMENT BEACHSIDE 32937 in BREVARD Florida. The sewage, water, roads and infrastructure can't support it. Let's send a message to Satellite Beach that residents do not want high-rises beachside!  And still they PUSH for HEIGHT INCREASES. Please share this petition.

FIRST, we need to stop the "old base housing" high rise development called Pelican Coast. This is 4 x 85 foot towers that will be overlooking a turtle preserve. They plan an pedx over the road for hotel and residents to enter the turtle preserve which will bring a lot of people to the beach.  HIGH DENSITY is incongruent with the preserve they committed to protect!  This is a critical nesting area to not be disturbed by heavy traffic and lights from 85 foot buildings.

OUR INFRASTRUCTURE CANNOT SUPPORT HIGH DENSITY! Beachside 32937 has low water pressure, and problems with coliform bacteria - concurrency issues that will not be solved for a few years until the new pipes are put in across Pineda.  Access from Pineda Causeway is a Level of Service "D" and so is A1A at a level of service of D in South Patrick Shores.  We are working on getting reports for Satellite Beach but traffic seems heavier.  A1A cannot be widened so there is little way to improve the traffic level. We MUST minimize density development.

While this particular property is not on South Beaches sewage plant; Satellite Beach intends on increasing the height and development all along A1A. With regular dumping of millions of gallons each year to the Indian River Lagoon - we need to be responsible with growth. It will take years to do the infrastructure updates. How CAN THEY justify adding more load from high-density development. They are killing the lagoon and tourism industry!!! YOU CANNOT SAVE THE LAGOON until you STOP THE DUMPING. 

According to this article, "The current South Beaches Wastewater Treatment Plant in Melbourne Beach is nearing full capacity, and Utilities Director said the Florida Department Environmental Protection could order the county to add capacity as part of its current operating permit renewal process. If the proposed new plant was in operation during and after Hurricane Irma last fall, Helmer believes that "we would have had no sewage discharges" into the Indian River Lagoon."  And still they approved the Oceana development - two 96 foot tower condominums even though since 2006 we have a height charter to restrict height.  THEY DO NOT RESPECT THE VOTERS.

In response to Pelican Coast (PUD3) development and the proposed Satellite Beach height increases we demand a county impact study (LOS) on road, sewage, water, school, hurricane evacuation and infrastructure. A new impact feasibility study would also revise what county IMPACT Fees are paid to cover the infrastructure impact.  Residents should not pay for infrastructure expansion - developers should - and as everything is redevelopment there should not be writing off impact for equivalency. We are very concerned about building height increases and that effect on infrastructure - AND the environment! 

The traffic impact of medium and high density development is detrimental to beach side living considering the high density development across from Publix and other developments in the past 14 years including the Oceana Oceanfront Condominium. There will also be the weekend traffic from Viera once the Pinda Causeway extension is completed. Not to mention how does the added populations impact emergency evacuation during hurricanes?  Additionally, Pedx crossing and reduction is speed for crossing. Added to proposed growth, this is why we need a beachside impact study (LOA).

The city's argument to the Satellite Beach Pelican Coast PUD3 building rendering is, "They can build anything they wish, but the project is in very infantile stages and that rendering is almost a rumor right now. The development rights for the property were already approved over 10 years ago. The City cannot take away those rights now." However, they are quick to allow the developer to change the PUD3 rules. There are also issues with zoning changes with insufficient notice according to statutes. Now they plan a 222 unit hotel when the commercial is supposed to be "predominately residential character... and designed to serve the needs of residents" of the PUD.

A rendering of high rises at the location of old Base Housing was posted, showing 4 high-rises and a hotel. When developers drop renderings like this it is called "floating a trial balloon" to gauge the reaction. From the approved plans from 2004, the developer is allowed 398 units on this property- there was 100 units before. One problem is that the developer may be reducing the number of town-homes and putting in more condos. More details on PCN-3 (Pelican Coast North 3) can be found here.

WE HAVE A BIG PROBLEM: The Satellite Beach city manager says, their hands are tied... The city requires a site plan approval process. It is required to be approved by City Council in a public meeting. WHEN THIS COMES WE NEED TO BE ORGANIZED with signatures.  As a voters we need to communicate we do not want medium and high density development.  We want a new sewage plant to avoid more sewage dumps into the Indian River Lagoon. 

We cannot trust our city lawmakers to do the right thing. Climate Ambassadors Meeting 4/26 (video on youtube) regarding raising building heights, the Satellite Beach said "So we don't want to take every ordinance or are we taking ordinances? this says we have to take ordinance to the voters and I'm thinking is that we want to let the city counsel do their job by creating the ordinances. So are we going to have to figure this out. Okay so this is the issue, yes I agree this shouldn't be in the charter but no one is gong to vote to get it out. I know that. There is a fear there that things are changing and no one is going to vote to take that out of the charter." So am hearing the Satellite Beach City Manager suggesting to have city counsel break the rules and put it in an ordinate and basically hope that no one notices that it didn't go to vote to change the 2007 charter for building heights. The corruption needs to stop!

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Update #310 days ago
Despite overwhelming number of people saying "No" to this development on 20th Nov, Satellite Beach City Council meeting, the city voted 4-1 to approve Ordinance 1177 on 1st reading, to amend zoning to allow hotel - includes a skyway into the preserve. 222 unit hotel and 3 condo towers -all 85 feet - disturbing a Preserve that was intended to "discourage human activity"! We have to fight this legally - please SUPPORT donate
Update #227 days ago
Update #16 months ago
Please share this petition. We need to have as many petitioners as possible. Time is approaching to submit our petition regarding stopping density development beachside. We need sustainable development for the health of the Indian River Lagoon! In 2000, researchers (Dame et al) projected estuarine collapses by 2020 in FL due to population growth - happening now! We must have sustainable growth if we are to have a quality of life for our generation and future generations. Please help!
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