I must take exception to a recent letter by Mr. Donald Santos. Does he have an agenda?
Santos is CEO of Santos Construction Co. in Port St. Lucie, on the board of directors of the National Association of Home Builders, the Florida Home Builders Association and the Treasure Coast Builders Association.
Ooohhh, I see. He’s a contractor. He sees dollars where I see dead birds – an estimated 12 eagles/osprey/hawks per year.
Less than 2 percent of the electricity in the United States comes from oil and it isn’t imported; it is residual fuel that is a byproduct of refining, made in the U.S.A. He uses more foreign oil in his trucks and bulldozers daily than Florida Power & Light uses to make electricity in this county yearly. Windmills do absolutely nothing to save soldiers’ lives; even FPL wouldn’t make that inflammatory claim.
Zoning and height variances for 40-story structures on land zoned conservation should be denied. Height restrictions are for this very reason, to keep irresponsible developers/corporations from doing whatever they want regardless of the consequences to the environment and their neighbors.
FPL pays $927 in taxes on the north site classified “environmentally endangered lands.”
Walton Rocks Beach was previously leased to St Lucie County for public recreational use. FPL executed a conservation easement so that the property was 100 percent exempt from property taxes.
His rationale that people who will have to look at these false green monstrosities shouldn’t mind because there are already ugly things on the island is just bizarre.
Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but only a developer could think this rip-off of tax and rate payers is a beautiful thing. He obviously has the “Looks OK from my house” mentality. He lives west of Florida’s Turnpike.
Capt. Thomas Steinruck
13 May 2008
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