Published: Mar 24, 2011 2:53 PM EDT
Updated: Mar 24, 2011 11:53 AM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A big controversy is growing in Cape Coral over a tiny bird. It's called a Scrub Jay.

Eight of the the federally-protected birds have taken up residence in the north end of the Cap, an area that is designated to become Festival Park in the future, but there can be no development unless the birds leave the area - naturally.

So, federal officials have offered a compromise. The city would have to pay 3/4 of a million dollars to develop a scrub jay habitat in Alva and that would relieve the Cape and private land owners from being responsible for disrupting the birds current habitat.

But not everyone is on board with the idea.

Councilman Bill Deile calls the idea extortion while Councilman Marty McClain says the move would be an insurance policy - keeping the cape and residents from getting in trouble with the feds for moving the birds current habitat and helping to preserve the species at the same time.