Bonks Landing NIMBY Petition

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To all parties involved.
      The undersigned are in strong opposition to a City of Port Orange proposed Canoe/Kayak launch at the South end of Spruce Creek Road.  This property is in unincorporated County of Volusia.   Attached you will find
1.  Our formal opposition to this project which we request to be attached to any Capital Improvement Budget request that the City of Port Orange or the County of Volusia may put forth.
2.  Copies of  minutes to previous City of Port Orange Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee meetings that show they have have been addressing this issue for some time, even though we were guaranteed  in a City of Port Orange Council meeting that there was no intention of moving forward on a project of this kind.
3.  Copy of a petition signed by citizens in the neighborhood surrounding the proposed site.
The originals of the signed petitions and the other items above have been hand delivered to the Port Orange City Managers office today.
We are united in our opposition and are prepared to meet with any of the parties involved in this proposed project so that we can further explain our position.
Thank you for taking the time to read these documents.
Bonks Landing neighbors
Contact person
Jamie Stewart
824 Hewitt Drive
Port Orange Florida 32127

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6 thoughts on “Bonks Landing NIMBY Petition

  • May 27, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    I remember years ago when a port orange city council man told the bonks landing group tht no park would be built on the volusia county property which the city had just purchased. It was only going to be used for water drainage. A lot of dirt, dirty dirt, and dirty water issues in Port Orange I would say. And then at the next city council meeting mayor allen green stated that there would be no such promise made to the bonks landing group because he did not like “their attitude” . Would you think this is all incredibl?. Believe it, this is city government in Port Orange. — hank

    • May 28, 2015 at 8:05 am

      So Hank’ Let me get this straight whats going on in your head as the city’s commitment on Bonks Landing.
      Some former incompetent councilman makes a personal off-the-cuff remark (not a council vote) that a park would not be built at Bonks landing. So for the next few hundred years any Port Orange plans for Bonks landing are restricted by that former councilman’s personal comment.
      Hank does that about sum up your convoluted theory?

  • May 27, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    Screw Bonks landing. Bob the Pole man was an idiot for making such a statement. If the El-cheapos in Bonks landing wanted to prevent a canoe launch in their back yard they should have chipped in and purchased the property instead of letting the city buy it. Taxpayers of Port Orange paid for this property and they should be able to use it.

  • May 28, 2015 at 11:19 am

    As I have grown up in along the coast it has been the steady process of erosion of access to the water and natural beauty of our great paradise. Miles of our driveable beach have been closed to cars with only token amounts of fairly inconvenient public parking hundreds of yards away, making the beach practically private for condo owners and hotels. All but small portions of accessible land have been bought or closed off, I do not question their property rights to do so. I do think it is in the public interest to make these places accessible to everyone. The city purchased the access point at Spruce Creek it is public land It has a high tension power line on it and a drainage structure. Taxpayer money purchased this land and in my opinion the taxpayers have a right to enjoy it as much as the next door owners enjoy their property. It is not a free extension of the setbacks and side yards for the neighbors. It will make a wonderful park and kayak canoe paddle board stop point and launch point. As well a wonderful place to watch the sunset.
    All of the traffic for the 10 or 12 parking spaces will have to come by my house to get there, so yes I am as affected by the park, perhaps more so than people at the end of the road past the park so don’t say I have no stake in it. It is a small price to pay to have reasonable access rather than a no trespassing sign.

    • May 28, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      hank to Newton. 10 to 12 parking spaces certainly are not much. The bonks landing people had a right to contest years ago talk about building a port orange park in their volusia county neighborhood. If they wanted to be near a park, they could have bought a home up near all children’s park. I watched the bonks landing group appear many times before the city councill and i did not think there was anything wrong with their behavior. The mayor having criticized their behavior and including that as a reason as to why an off the cuff city council person promising that no park would be built there, is in fact the only thing I am concerned about in this issue.
      But since the issue comes up again, i wonder if there is anything behind the scenes about kayaking being good for business. I write this because I see no concern from the ctiy about many boaters not being able to launch their boat in the causeway park on busy weekends. The city makes no move on that issue which involves much more than 10 kayakers. So what’s with this kayak issue? Has it got something to do with the dock to nowhere? Has it got something to do with the Kayack place near the dock to nowhere? Has it got something to do with the anonymous donor who contributed money to Gamble’s Place? Has it got something to do with the future of Gamble Place? And again, another supposedly drainage issue property useage, showing up in an agenda primary to water drainage, or secondary to water drainage? I don’t like how the city operates in these areas. You see by now, that I don’t like the city’s attitude in a lot of things they do. — hank

      • May 28, 2015 at 9:01 pm

        All very fair comments and good skepticism. It will no doubt be a help to Cracker Creek, a public put in point to get to The Russell (dock to nowhere) and a stop off point from Spruce Creek Park on US1. Their is no reason to deny the public this park because someone will make good off of it renting kayaks. Better is with a reasonable kayak paddle and gear less than $500 many more people of average means will be able to enjoy the water and parks we have already built a dock for. As for the causeway boat ramps $500 won’t get you very far.


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