Do Not Develop on Buena Vista Lagoon's Open Space sign now

A Date with Nature on Valentine's Day



Buena Vista Audubon Society and residents of South Oceanside, California are very concerned about the hotel, restaurant and condominium complex that is proposed on Buena Vista Lagoon across Coast Highway from the Nature Center. This project was rejected by a 6-1 vote of the Oceanside Planning Commission last October. The developer has made a few cosmetic changes (for example he has changed the styling from French Normandy to Craftsman) but four residential condos, a restaurant and 82 timeshares remain. He has now bypassed the Planning Commission and will bring his project directly to the City Council at their meeting at 6 pm February 14, 2007.



Our primary concerns are the negative impact all the lights, concrete, paving and non-native landscaping will have on the more than 200 species of birds to be found in and around the lagoon. The lagoon restoration plan identified the importance of keeping this parcel open space for the long term health of the lagoon. We do not want to see the lagoon sacrificed for more development. Other concerns include traffic, parking, visual impact, lack of coastal access, and an inadequate buffer between the lagoon ecological reserve and the complex.



There is an alternative. This land can be purchased for permanent open space. CalTrans has included this purchase as mitigation for the widening of I-5 across Buena Vista Lagoon. Funds are available. The purchase would be supported by the Coastal Conservancy, CA Dept of Fish and Game that manages the lagoon Reserve, and numerous other organizations. The landowner would be fully compensated- and receive tax credits. This would be a win-win for us all. .



What can you do to help?



1. Sign the petition that is available at the Nature Center, on petitiononline.com, and at high traffic areas like grocery stores and carried door-to-door. We hope to take more than a thousand signatures to the City Council on February 14th, saying we don't want this development on this site.



2. Pick up a petition from the Nature Center or from [email protected] and circulate it yourself.



3. Phone, email or write Oceanside City Council members expressing your opposition to this project at 435-3065 or [email protected]



4. Attend the Oceanside City Council meeting at 6pm on February 14th and voice your disapproval.



5. Make a tax deductible contribution to Buena Vista Audubon Society specifically to support our efforts to oppose this project.



This is likely a once in a lifetime opportunity to preserve this open space across the highway from our Nature Center- but we can't do it without your help and involvement.

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