Mar 272012
 

American Bird Conservancy (ABC), the nation’s leading bird conservation organization, has called on the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRMD) to reject the West Orange Airport Authority proposal to expand an existing airport adjacent to Lake Apopka, saying the proposal could have disastrous consequences for the area’s birds.

“The expansion would negatively impact millions of birds, be a significant loss for the growing thousands of Americans who travel to the area each year and contribute to the local economy by their bird watching activities, and would imperil taxpayers’ substantial investment in managing water resources for the benefit of Florida’s citizens and wildlife,” said ABC Vice President for Conservation Advocacy, Darin Schroeder in a letter to Lad Daniels, Governing Board Member and Hans G. Tanzler , Executive Director of SJRWD.

In 1998, ABC designated the Lake Apopka Restoration Area as a Globally Important Bird Area (IBA) for its importance to federally endangered species that include a pair of resident endangered Whooping Cranes, Wood Storks, and Florida Scrub-Jays, all of which have a limited population range, as well as to million of birds that migrate through or winter at this location.

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Gail Van Luvanee
I hadn't thought of that, but it is true. I'd moved to a small house across the street a few years ago EXCLIVELY for the quite and reconnected with the country-atmosphere and the wildlife we have here. We have been increasingly losing that with the highway extentions (less than 1/8 mile from my house) and now this. They met with us today — and didn't even have the courage to give us a full day before announcing the meeting —- not even giving a chance to fight it if we want to. They are already forcing the bears out of… Read more »
Robert Stalnaker
Diana, you are so right. What benefit would this airport have for the area?  Nothing!  They have the Orlando Airport and the Sanford Airport–this is redundant.  They also ripped up and destroyed much land to build the 429 right into this area for easy access from the Orlando Airport. Business owners and residents would have to be crazy to not raise outrage against this.  Lake Apopka will become a HUGE attraction once completed, along with Ferndale Preserve’s boardwalk and the new bike trail into Lake Apopka.  How can such a unique asset be thrown away by the people and businesses… Read more »
Diana Barnett

I live near this area and the restoration of these lands is vital. Enlarging the airport and will destroy so much bird and wildlife habitat that has been recovering since the buyout of the farms around the lake. There have been so many mistakes made in regard to Lake Apopka and the surrounding area, lets not make another huge, huge one.

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