As a member of the Geneva Lake community, I am dismayed that the City Council approved plans to expand Riviera Beach by 12,400 square feet. The project will forcibly relocate a habitat for endangered Purple Martins, cut into popular green space and require the removal of several trees. Council members made this decision without public seeking input from the community.
The total cost for the project, which also includes replacing a retaining wall and beautiful wooden walkway with a cement one, is estimated at $311,000. Alderman Flower has stated that, according to her calculations, the city would only see an increase of $35,000 a year in additional revenues. At this rate, it will take a decade to have any return on this “investment”, if you want to call it that.
This is just another excuse for the city to spend the taxpayer’s money to perpetuate the “bigger is better” mirage, with no regard to how rapid growth would impact residents or the ecosystem surrounding Geneva Lake.
I stand with Care for Lake Geneva in opposing this expansion for the following key reasons:
By approving the Rivera Beach expansion, the Lake Geneva City Council demonstrated a complete disregard for what’s in the best interest for residents and the endangered Purple Martins.
This is why I urge our city officials to STOP this unnecessary beach expansion before it’s too late.