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Saturday, December 18, 2010


Photo by Bruno, Northampton H - Gator is estimated to be 10 feet long and lives here in CV.
Did he show an ID to get in?
Dave Israel


  1. Unless he has a "Twin" he has been
    "sunning" on our beach,this past
    week. I also observed 2 Jet black
    ducks, no more than a couple of yards away, in the water, who did
    not rapidly paddle away, when he
    decided to "cool off" and splash
    back in..I suppose it was not
    "Dinner time" and they considered
    themselves safe...Not appreciating
    his presence,I believe the time has
    come to have him removed...

  2. Hi BettieL,
    December 19, 2010 2:22 PM,

    Rather rude of you, he is a guest and he and his kind have been here much longer than us humans.

    He has made no request that you be removed from sunning at the pool or anywhere else; in fact he has invited you to join him on the "beach", anytime you so desire!

    Dave Israel

  3. I guess I'm just RUDE,not wishing
    to share my moments of tranquility
    or safety, while sitting outdoors,
    beyond my patio, which is a mere
    12-15ft from the slope that was
    created by the restoration,along
    with a sliver of sand, that acts as
    beach,which I or any other resident
    of our Association,has ever set foot upon ( in case my previous post misled you) Not seeing any
    contribution to our betterment,
    it's time for him to go!

  4. I hope Dave's comment was made in jest. While we all can appreciate the beauty of such an animal, it is nonetheless a wild animal. As the alligator becomes more comfortable around humans and the humans become more comfortable around such an alpha predator, the greater the inevitability of an attack. Such an occurrence will certainly result in serious injury or death.

    It is indeed unfortunate the loss of natural habitat suffered by the native alligator has caused such a difficult but dangerous situation. Nonetheless, that is the situation at hand and the residents, employees and others who often find themselves near the shoreline must be protected.

  5. Hi ejs2283,
    December 22, 2010 8:05 PM,

    Yes, of course I am joking, repeated efforts to engage animal control has brought litte comfort.

    We get replies like; "is the alligator there now" when what they mean is will it be there when we arrive hours later!

    The best approach may be to have those unit owners who observe the gator to call in every time they see it.

    We have also had reports of our unit owners feeding alligators, which is a very dangerous practice!

    Dave Israel

  6. Such feeding practices by residents could end up 'costing an arm and a leg'... or more.


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