Wednesday, December 2, 2020

An eagle sanctuary for Marco

Left to right: Vera Gibbons, Gerry Gibbons, Carita Paret, Dr. Gerald Swiacki, Harold Boston; standing are Linda Turner and Linda Boston. Submitted

Left to right: Vera Gibbons, Gerry Gibbons, Carita Paret, Dr. Gerald Swiacki, Harold Boston; standing are Linda Turner and Linda Boston. Submitted

Tract K is the last undeveloped residential parcel of land, and many concerned residents want it preserved. Citizens supporting a Marco Eagle Sanctuary are in agreement with the 2010 MICA survey and suggest the community use be for a planned park. To this end, these citizens are developing plans to keep this parcel of land as a green park, and to protect a pair of bald eagles who have maintained an active nest on Tract K for the past three years. Bald eagles are a protected species in the State of Florida and the United States. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission restricts land altering activity within 330’ of an active bald eagle nest.

The Marco Eagle Sanctuary would be a tranquil, green environment for the bald eagle nest surrounded by several existing majestic trees. The City’s approved bike paths already connect Veterans Park to Tigertail Beach. Winding pathways through the Marco Eagle Sanctuary could be incorporated as part of this route. Park benches, butterfly gardens, native flower and plant species would create additional beauty for all residents, visitors, and nature enthusiasts to enjoy. In addition, this park would serve as an educational site for students to study nature and wildlife.

If you would like to add your voice to the effort, contact Carl Way, spokesperson, at 703-593-6366.

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