Save the Lagoons Letter

I am very strongly opposed to Space Florida building any type of launch facility within the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Over a million people a year visit this refuge to bird, fish, hunt, kayak, see manatees, and other low impact outdoor-related activities. If a commercial enterprise is allowed to severely disrupt this environment, these people will definitely go elsewhere, thus depriving the surrounding communities of badly needed tourist dollars.

Forty threatened and endangered species make their homes here because essentially they have nowhere else to go. The previously remaining nearby wild areas that could have otherwise been occupied by them is no longer available because of severe environmental impact by human activities.

The NASA property has more than enough space for the proposed 150 acres that Space Florida says they need. Let them purchase the property from NASA if they wish to avoid NASA red tape.

A commercial launch facility is not compatible with the stated mission of the national wildlife refuge: “To administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of the present and future generations of Americans.”

PLEASE DO YOUR BEST TO ENSURE THIS ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER DOES NOT TAKE PLACE IN OUR IMPORTANT AND UNIQUE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE !!!

Respectfully yours,