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Gov. Scott’s pipeline investment gets a boost from Florida environmental regulators

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

By Dan Christensen
State regulators are quietly backing the award of a crucial environmental permit to a company that wants to build a controversial $3-billion natural gas pipeline in North Florida. The company’s investors include Gov. Rick Scott.
The post Gov. Scott’s pipeline investment gets a boost from Florida environmental regulators appeared first on Florida Bulldog.

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Activists Worry About Destruction Of Environment if Massive Theme Park Built In South Miami-Dade

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

“No one is going to develop the zoo, everyone knows this land is protected” thought William Cully Waggoner, a member of the Miami Pine Rocklands Coalition and Gold Coast Railroad Museum, when he moved to Miami near the Richmond Pine Rockland in 1990.
Twenty five years later, that patch of pine rockland, a rare forest habitat, is facing more than $1 billion worth of proposed developments, according to Al Sunshine, the president of the Miami Pine Rocklands Coalition.
Sunshine said that proposed plans from developer Ram Realty, include building a 900 unit apartment complex and a Walmart under the name “Coral Reef Commons”.
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A separate project, led by The Miami Wilds LLC developers also want to expand Zoo Miami into a theme park, hotel, and tourist destination according to Sunshine.
The developments to the Richmond Pine Rocklands, a globally imperiled habitat, can potentially affect the dozens of rare and endangered plants and animals, including the Florida Bonneted Bat and Miami Tiger Beetle, according to Sunshine.
The Miami Wild LLC development plan states that it  “be allowed to develop and operate an entertainment district.. on Metro Zoo property on land that is not environmentally sensitive and is outside the animal attractions.”
However, on page 23 of the proposed plan, it shows a map of 119 acres of land dedicated to development that lies outside of the zoo property.
On behalf of the Miami Wild LLC developers, Miami Dade county has offered to pay 13.5 million  to the Coast Guard to entice them to move their station off of the rockland to make room for the new proposed theme park according to Waggoner.
However, the Coast Guard has yet to move.
The county’s review states that the Coral Reef Commons developers are required to preserve at least 43 acres

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Petition Campaign Calls To Stop 75 Mile Long Everglades Bike Lane

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

An environmentalist group has been rallying opposition to the proposed River of Grass Greenway that would cut a 12 to 14 foot multi-use lane across the Everglades and parallel to the Tamiami Trail from Miami to Naples.
The proposed project has long been controversial due to concerns about potential environmental impacts that would be caused by such a large project. (When finished, the lane would run around 75 miles long).
In response, a group called Say No to River of Grass Greenway started a online petition that has been signed by over 4,000 people.
Read More: Miami College Students Write To Save Everglades, As Obama Highlights Crisis
The petition calls for local and state leaders to reject the potential development “pandora’s box” that is the River of Grass Greenway.
“Supporters of ROGG are “Green Washing” a project that would dredge, fill in wetlands , redirect water flow, destroy orchids, cut thru cypress strands, construct bridging, board walks, rest stops, parking lots, and facilities,” the petition reads in part. “All of this taking place in an area where billions of federal and state tax dollars have already been spent on massive restoration efforts.  A $1 million dollar Feasibility Study currently estimates initial costs to build the ROGG will cost taxpayers $140 million dollars.”
It continues:
“Long-term costs to operate ROGG will make this project even more costly.  Tax dollars should not be wasted on a recreational project that is not needed, and could possibly undermine restoration efforts such as CERP and lead to additional costs and delays.”
Read More: Arsonists Burn Large Swaths Of Endangered Habitat At South Miami Park
While many local bicycle organizations and hospitality groups support the proposed project, many other groups have come out in opposition.
The Broward-Palm Beach New Times for example recently highlighted the strange bedfellows of local outdoorsman and Native American groups that have united in opposition to the hard surfaced bike path.

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