There once was this undeveloped lot next to us. It was:
- a small, untouched slice of primitive Florida
- a haven for wildlife
- a repository for native plants
- an absorber of the tropical heat
- and a source of shade
With it’s many textures, colors, sights and smells it was more than just a visual barrier. It was an ever changing source of beauty, wonder and joy.
I attempted to buy it. The owner initially wanted almost three times its value. Lengthy negotiations reduced that to about twice what it was worth. Considering:
- there were 10, better situated, larger, undeveloped lots on this block
- that our postal zone has more than a thousand homes for sale cheap, most of them left over from the last housing bubble
- and that much of Port Saint Lucie is in the same state of over development
I declined to buy the lot thinking no one would buy it anytime soon.
But I was wrong. Somebody did buy it. And are clearing it.
After 15 semi-loads of vegetation hauled out, and a few dozen dump truck loads of sand hauled in, my slice of natural paradise was lost.
But a different kind is on its way to being created.
I’ll have more to share after I recover from shock.