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Updated: 11/30/2017 08:30:04AM

Paying our own way

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By Robin Jenkins, DVM

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Peace River Wildlife Center is on the brink of yet another exciting opportunity. Contrary to recent newspaper headlines, PRWC is still working toward the expected April ground-breaking date for our new center. The developer whose land we currently occupy does want us to move —but we have known that for some time now, and are diligently working toward that end. The developer himself has been nothing but patient with us as we traverse the winding path of permits, plans and parliamentary procrastination. No one knows just how long this process this takes better than a developer, someone who wrangles with it on a daily basis.

PRWC will be moving off his property as soon as possible. Our new footprint in Ponce de Leon Park will be right next to where we are now, so even the most directionally challenged visitor will have no trouble finding us. Unfortunately, that location has become the new fly in the ointment for the developer’s legal team. They fear PRWC’s proximity to his property line will devalue his holdings. They are suing the city of Punta Gorda (not PRWC) since they are the ones who own the land. We are merely tenants and our “landlords” are dictating where we build our new facility.

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