In Business Essentials class, students were prompted to write to a leader in their government. Raquel Martinez is one of the outstanding students who got a response from the Florida representative for her letter discussing protecting wildlife.
"RE: Issue of Housing Development
Dear Representative Webster:
Behind my house is a large empty lot where I have frequently seen threatened Gopher tortoises since I was little. In the past years a housing development was initiated and several tractors moved the soil around to mark lots for homes. While this was going on, I noticed that the Gopher tortoises’ burrow was demolished. I am aware that the tortoises are protected under state law in Florida yet this housing development took no care to preserve them.
Can developers have the area searched for protected animal life before starting the projects? Can the tortoises be relocated or let be to the little area they have?
I write to you in the hopes that something can be done for those who cannot speak for their rights and protect themselves.
Raquel E. Martinez "
Thank you for taking the time to write to Congressman Webster regarding your concerns about the protection of animal life. Since this issue falls within the jurisdiction of state government, I have taken the liberty of forwarding your correspondence to your state representative, Larry Metz.
Thank you again. Congressman Webster appreciates hearing from you, and if you have any concerns about any issue involving the federal government, please let us know.
Ann Drawdy Constituent Services Representative U.S. Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10)"