Letter to the Editor

Don’t displace birds

Morro BaySeptember 16, 2013 

A view of Fossil Point, the former Union Oil tank farm on bluffs above Avila Beach.

JOE JOHNSTON — jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

I’m not against building. I’ve been in construction most of my life, and still hold an engineering contractor’s “A” license, but developing the old Chevron oil tank farm into a resort just hit me where I’m most vulnerable. Right in “the old falcon nest.”

The proposed building area is at the extreme south end of Avila Beach high on a saddle, sloping down to a shear ocean facing cliff. At the southern tip is a rocky point jutting into the Pacific, forming the cove of Avila Beach upon which live a pair of peregrine falcons that have nested there for the past 20 years. People all over the world have spent time, effort and millions of dollars to bring these birds back from nearextinction. We don’t need to make them homeless. With a little bit of forethought and planning some of this project might be accomplished.

People living here still appreciate unspoiled vistas and breaks in the asphalt and sprawl. Can you imagine the possibilities of homes and condos from Port San Luis to Montaña de Oro? What do you think?

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