Will the beautiful swans ever come back to Viera?


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Elegant white swans once thrived on lakes that hugged the Murrell Road shore in Viera.

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Not long ago, people parked their cars in droves along the west side of Murrell Road in a line long enough to be reminiscent of a Space Shuttle launch.

The people came. The people parked. The people flocked.

All to see a spectacular sight — long-necked white swans swimming with their cygnets on the lakes that hugged the Murrell Road shore. These lakes flowed into the conjoining waters of Six Mile Creek, a homeowner’s community directly across from the Indian River Colony Club.

Those swans are long since gone, but residents still remember how they graced the lakes with their elegance and beauty. They wonder if they are ever going to come back.

Tom Neal, the president of the Six Mile Creek Homeowners Association, shared memories of how the swans that once lived, nested and thrived on these lakes eventually perished or simply flew away.

“One group stayed here for a while. Some of them got killed. One went on Murrell Road and got run over. One was nesting and had eggs and one morning the female was gone and we found her a few days later in some bushes. Something got to her and killed her.”

Although Neal didn’t live in Six Mile Creek when the swans first made their appearance, he recalls hearing that the swans were gifted by the builder when Phase 4 of the development was completed. A swan committee of concerned and interested residents ensued.

“The committee took care of the swans and kept their wings clipped so they wouldn’t fly away. Their health was monitored. If one was sick, we’d take it to the vet to have them taken care of. We made sure they had feed but, when the committee fell apart, we stopped clipping their wings.”

“They stayed for quite a while. I know some of them (the swans) were killed by animals in the neighborhood. Most of all, however, was that they were flying away,” Neal said.

Neal recently has heard from a few residents who would be willing to share the expenses of purchasing new swans. But, he’s still looking for people who are committed to taking care of them.

For now, the Six Mile Creek community enjoys the various wildlife that frequents their lakes.

“In February, the pelicans fly in and stay a couple of weeks and then they are gone. They are solid white, not like the ones you see at the beach,” Neal said.

“The swans were beautiful,” Neal remembered. “If we could get enough people to participate, we could get enough to start it again.”