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Zoning Review Committee Shoots Down 960 Unit Plan - Bowlin stated proposal was "incongruous"

On Monday night Wildwood's Zoning Review Committee voted unanimously not to support a 960 unit senior living center proposed by Erikson Living. The committee voted unanimously for a motion made by Mayor Bowlin that included the statement that "the proposal is incongruous with the conceptual land use for the category, therefor not supported." Erikson Living, a building company, was seeking preliminary approval for the 960 unit to be built on a 52 acre site on the west side of State Route 109, north of the Pond Grover Parkway. At the same meeting, the committee voted to again postpone further consideration of the "Reserves at Wildwood". Discussion over bio-retention basins and

THE BLUE to Interview Dawn Chapman from HBO's Atomic Homefront

Dawn Chapman is a co-founder of Just Moms STL, a grass roots group of "moms", who organized to cleanup her community of residual nuclear waste from the the first atomic bomb will be joining THE BLUE. THE BLUE is a Wildwood based podcast hosted by Councilman Joe Garritano and Steve Taylor. Anyone who has a question for Dawn Chapman may send it to so they may be asked during the interview which is pre-recorded. "Many people know about Moms STL, and their fight for their neighborhood, but their fight for a cleanup is a struggle for the health of the region," said Steve Taylor. "If the fire were to hit the radioactive material at Westlake there is no magical barrier keeping

New Zoning Would Target Old Toxic Waste Sites- Opinion by Steve Taylor

Wildwood's Planning and Zoning Commission has proposed a "Special Circumstances Overlay District" (SCOD) that would increase oversight and regulation of properties identified as having unique environmental challenges. The city has reason to identify such properties. When it incorporated 25 years ago, the City of Wildwood inherited toxic waste sites associated with the former town of Times Beach, Missouri. Times Beach, now the site of Route 66 State Park, was bought out by the federal government due to the spread of hazardous waste throughout the town, the source of which was Russell Bliss' waste oil company. Bliss was responsible for the contamination of 27 Eastern Missouri dioxin sites incl

Scouts Assist Wildwood's Erosion Task Force

Approximately 25 years ago Wildwood incorporated in large part to preserve the creeks that run through it. Since much damage was done by poor planning prior to incorporation, the City is fighting significant creek erosion that threatens critical infrastructure and homes. WWM was there to capture it on video.

Reserves at Wildwood Subdivision Given Preliminary Approval

Rome was not built in a day, and if ever completed neither will have the "Reserves at Wildwood". The subdivision was given preliminary approval by Wildwood's planning and zoning commission on Tuesday. At the heart of the decision is a 50 acre parcel in Wildwood's town center. It is expected to be one of the last higher density housing options to be built in Town Center. Lower density home options with a three acre minimum lot size requirement represents a majority of likely development, which lies beyond the city's "New Urbanism" hub. Decades of zoning changes, and various proposals for the site resulted in a site report over 150 pages. In an interview with Wildwood Matters, Mayor Jim Bowli

Wildwood's Archeologist, Joe Harl Talks Ancient History with THE BLUE

In a september 7th installment of THE BLUE with Councilman Joe Garritano and Steve Taylor, archeologist Joe Harl discussed Wildwood's ancient history. Starting with a Mammoth kill site of the Ice Age and ending up with the loss of historic grave sites, including those of slaves who fought in the civil war for the Union Army, archeologist Joe Harl talks about the many cultural and potential economic opportunities of Wildwood's history. The episode is available anytime at this link.


I recently encountered a mantis in my backyard garden. It was in the process of eating a bee and was holding the head of its prey in one of its spined forelimbs. I was immediately put off by this attack on my backyard bee, but decided to spend some time photographing the mantis. A mantis like bees have five eyes. Two large compound eyes and three others. The two large compound eyes are easily seen and are thought to provide object direction, while the other three are used for light detection. The mantis has pseudopupils which appear to follow you, but are an effect of an observer's line of vision with the compound eyes. Notice the luminescence of a third eye in this photograph. Spending som