Florida’s “Bird Island” Threatened

Posted by ardeidae on February 20, 2005

A plan to build a marina between Florida’s Nassau Sound and Big Talbot Island State Park is a surprise to area locals.

“There’s a viewscape coming across that bridge,” said Jody Hetchka, co-owner of Kayak Amelia, a business that rents kayaks for quiet, nature-soaked water tours of Big Talbot Island State Park. “You’re heading toward the park and see nothing but natural environment - trees and beaches. It’s all natural. This would totally destroy the viewscape.”

“It’s insane, perhaps arrogant, to put it there,” said Pat Leary, an area naturalist and conservationist who volunteers in state park efforts. “It’s an extremely vulnerable location - it’s in a state preserve and an aquatic preserve. And putting that many boats there is a threat to the natural resources of the area.”

Many people, including the BEAKS sanctuary just four miles south of the proposed marina location, are concerned with the disturbance of “Bird Island”, a popular nesting area and stopover for migrating birds.

Florida has 36 birds on its state Endangered/Threatened/Concern list(PDF). Even the local fishermen are against it. If you’d like to file a complaint, see Jacksonville’s website.


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