In the 1970’s, developers were keen on turning the island into a tennis club with a restaurant and marina development. Debate raged because neighbors wanted to preserve it as public open space. At one point, in a heated county planning meeting, when it looked like the developers were going to get their way, a child stood up and asked, “But where will all the nature go?” The room fell silent. No one knew how to answer.
- They filter pollutants and sediments from upland runoff
- They provide habitat for fish, invertebrates, reptiles, birds, mammals and oxygen producing plants
- They provide hatchery and nursery areas for the fish, shellfish and waterfowl that humans eat
- They provide vital stopover points for migrating birds
- They aid in flood control to protect our homes and businesses
- They prevent erosion of our waterfront property
- They provide beautiful vistas for our pleasure