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Wildlife Refuge On Merritt Isalnd

Mosquito Lagoon And The National Wildlife Refuge

Located On The Very North End Of Merritt Island

Wednesday December 13, 2017

"The refuge traces its beginnings to the development of the nation’s Space Program. In 1962, NASA acquired 140,000 acres of land, water, and marshes adjacent to Cape Canaveral to establish the John F. Kennedy Space Center. NASA built a launch complex and other space-related facilities, but development of most of the area was not necessary. In 1963 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service signed an agreement to establish the refuge and in 1975 a second agreement established Canaveral National Seashore. Today, the Department of Interior manages most of the unused portions of the Kennedy Space Center as a National Wildlife Refuge and National Seashore."
- US Fish & Wildlife Service

The wildlife refuge has become a security buffer for the Space Center including both Kennedy Space Center and the Canaveral Air Force Station on Cape Canaveral's National Seashore. It's been speculated by many that the Refuge only holds a bookmark in the Federal land for future development as it's often over utilized for the Space Programs both military, private and NASA R " D. Recent proposals to build a Shiloh Launch Facility in some of the remaining refuge has confirmed this belief that the Federal Government intends to continue development over sensitive lands without regard to wildlife or Brevard & Volusia County residents.

Over forty launch facilities have been developed over the last 60 years and to date none have been reestablished to their original natural state after retirement. With no consideration for the integrity of the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge nor the Canaveral National Seashore, Government officials delve deeper into this "refuge" each year while submitting more sprawl into precious wetlands and the Mosquito Lagoon.

A recent request to put a RR trestle across North Banana River Lagoon adjacent to the Space Center and in the interest of the Canaveral Port Authority and it's cargo/freight business intentions was thwarted by residents in 2015 and is suspected to rise again in future years to test the residents resolve in Brevard County.

Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge and the National Seashore are an integral part of Brevard County's charm to it's residents. Wild Scrub Jays, Gopher Turtles, Manatees and the millions of birdlife that visit the refuge are tied to quality of life issues that make our area unique and attractive to residents and visitors alike.

Explore the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge at Mosquito Lagoon and see all kinds of birds, alligators, wild animals, exotic plants and much more!

Published by: Captain of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

Author Captain Richard Bradley

Captain Richard Bradley is the author and contributor for many of the articles written on the Lagooner website. Richard is a professional fishing guide, taking anglers in his native waters near the Banana and Mosquito Lagoons on Florida's central east coast almost three hundred trips seasonally. When not charter fishing, Captain Richard enjoys time with his family surfing, fishing, camping and various other outdoor activities.

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