Riviera proposal can't be allowed
I bought a home in Riviera Golf Estates because I thought it was a lovely, quiet over 55 retirement community. And I have greatly enjoyed my time here.
However, I never dreamed that anyone would allow building hundreds of houses on our flood plain. And to allow those homes to be elevated 11 feet above mine, thus making my home a flood plain for the new homes!
This will cause severe hardships on our elderly residents. This simply cannot be allowed to happen.
Carole Foti, Naples
Wildlife, flood plain at risk
As a resident of Riviera Golf Estates, I speak against the rezoning of Riviera Golf Course for development.
This course is completely surrounded by our community, with homes purchased by many for the course views. It is our builder-intended flood plan for our community, as well as those nearby. And as a senior community for many, these are our "forever homes."
To develop it takes not only our home values and tranquility, but that of a plethora of wildlife. Many shorebirds, eagles, osprey, hawks, limpkins, pileated and red-headed woodpeckers, passing and resident songbirds, as well as cypress squirrels and coyotes all call it home as well.
Please commissioners, vote NO on rezoning the Riviera Golf Course.
Shelby Brandon, Naples
Support current residents of Riviera
We purchased our retirement home in June 2011 in Riviera Golf Estates, a beautiful and quiet 55+ community with 690 homes surrounding Riviera Golf Course. We thoroughly enjoy our peaceful views of the 9th tee box watching golfers, squirrels, birds and an occasional coyote.
On Sept. 10, 2017 Hurricane Irma destroyed our home and many others in our community. We all had to start over and rebuild in 2018.
We are praying that the Collier County commissioners vote against changing the golf course zoning to residential, allowing 300+ homes to be built amongst our homes and allow the developers to ignore the 100-foot greenway/buffer that was agreed upon for golf course conversions in 2017.
The developers plans are for 300+ homes (not age restricted) raised 11 feet higher than our homes, taking away our documented flood plain (the golf course) and moving our lakes. Many seniors here in Riviera Golf Estates will lose their homes once again.
As Collier County continues to grow the commissioners need to support the current residents not the deep pockets of developers.
Karen Kaminski, Naples
Flood risk would be elevated
As an owner on the lake below Riviera Golf community, we will be at major risk for flooding from the immediate runoff from the 346 homes being proposed to replace the flood plain currently absorbing rainfall. The current owners say not their problem. To the commissioners being asked to approve this travesty. Please vote no.
Paul Swinwood, Naples
Who needs oil, natural gas? We do
Listen to progressives and the world would be better without oil or natural gas. They have been successful at fighting for policies that restrict pipelines or additional drilling, that would keep the United States energy independent. They circle around climate change as their mantra. And further, electric cars are our panacea. Well let’s look at some facts. Currently by restricting or canceling pipelines we are left with transporting oil or natural gas by truck, train or ship; and they all burn diesel fuel; pipelines don’t. Electric cars a partial solution but keep in mind that the batteries used in electric cars need components that are mined in foreign countries where the U.S. relationship is strained (think Russia and China). Several of those items can be mined in the U.S. but progressives continue to block companies from mining for them. And remember cars ride on roads that are paved, in most cases, with asphalt; which is made from petroleum bitumen. Or think about food products. Farmers use fertilizer to assist in growing their crops; hydrogen from natural gas is used in the production of fertilizer. Maybe think about plastics for packaging; they are made from both oil and natural gas. How about face masks; they are made using polypropylene. And the use of polypropylene extends far beyond face masks; think about your house, clothing or furniture, for example. Do we really want to eliminate oil and natural gas; I don’t; do you?
Peter H. Loal, Fort Myers
Reject fear, re-elect school board members
There is a political/cultural movement in Collier County where its backers insist they are the arbiters of the true values of society, particularly in the area of public school education. The two "hot button" issues being pushed are Critical Race Theory (CRT) and sex education. Their approach to these sensitive issues has been to promote fear, not facts.
Fear -- CRT is designed to make our children feel bad about events that happened decades ago and this fosters more division among us.
Fact -- CRT is not taught in any K-12 school system in Florida.
Fear -- Schools are introducing sexuality, gender identity and alternative lifestyles in the early grades.
Fact -- Sex education in not taught in grades K-5 and there is no agenda to evoke anxiety about sexual identity or promotion of alternative lifestyles.
We need to foster an atmosphere of empathy, tolerance and compassion in our schools, not denial and fear.
The current school board along with superintendent of the year in Florida, Dr. Patton, have a solid record of academic achievement, innovation and financial stewardship. All this is done in a politically neutral environment that focuses on student success.
When evaluating school candidates look at their statements. Are they positive, fact-based and objective or fear-based and subjective? If you approach this with an open mind I think you will want to re-elect Jen Mitchell, Roy Terry and Jory Westberry.
Patricia Howard, Naples
Don't re-elect DeSantis in 2022
For the sake of Florida, do not vote for DeSantis this year. He neglects residents through disrespect and discrimination as evidenced by his intolerable and bullying behavior with safety-minded mask-wearing high school students, not adequately addressing COVID vaccination opportunities for impoverished people, not working to resolve the unaffordable housing crisis, making educators silence kids seeking knowledge or a listening ear, and trying to deny Black Floridians access to voting.
He claims to be pro-law enforcement but says he would sign a bill legalizing carrying firearms without a permit. Law enforcement is already dangerous enough. They don’t need more weapons on the street! DeSantis might be standing behind them but only to put a target on their backs.
He claims that Florida is the “freedom” state. He really means that you’re free to disagree with him but you risk being destroyed.
Besides, DeSantis doesn’t want to be the governor of Florida. He wants to be president. He’s only there to collect donations for his presidential run. He already has over $100 million. If he’s elected governor, he’ll neglect Florida even more as he campaigns for president.
So, please, do not vote for DeSantis. And give him the “freedom” now to send him on his big power trip so Florida can be spared from his devastation.
Steve Visco, Marco Island
This article originally appeared on Fort Myers News-Press: Letters to the editor for Tuesday, April 12, 2022