SAVE THE INDIAN RIVER LAGOON: 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, Indian River Lagoon, Save the L, Florida

CALL TO ACTION: Sign this petition and Join Our Cause to Help us SAVE the Indian River Lagoon in Florida.   We must STOP ALL DENSITY DEVELOPMENT BREVARD BEACHSIDE because the sewage, water and infrastructure can't support it. Let's send a message to Satellite Beach, Cocoa Beach, developers, county and the governor know residents do not want high-rises beachside!  To prevent more SEWAGE DUMPING DISASTERS in the Indian River Lagoon we need SUSTAINABILITY. We need sustainable growth. We need proper sewage infrastructure - that doesn't dump to the lagoon during rain events because it is near capacity. We need better State laws to reduce developers power at the expense of our environment. We demand a new beachside IMPACT STUDY of population growth to protect wildlife and water. We must STOP beachside cities from raising the building height allowed to protect the Indian River Lagoon.  Please share this petition.

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 Helmer 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.

Down the road, there is a NATURE PRESERVE across the road from one deveopment site in Satellite Beach. This needs to be lower density townhomes to protect the impact to endangered sea-turtles' recovery. Turtle recovery must be given priority over density development.

In response to the Cocoa and Satellite Beach proposed height increases we demand a county impact study (LOS) on road, sewage, 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 the both Cocoa and Satellite Beach pushing for 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 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, given the sewage emergencies experienced in the past year, it would be unethical to fail to ensure our community infrastructure can support this especially since Cocoa Beach too is increasing density.  There are also issues with zoning changes with insufficient notice according to statutes.

A rendering of high rises at the location of old Base Housing was recently 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 819 units on this property with single family, town home and condos - 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, tract 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 #12 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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