Thanks to the Center for Biological Diversity for halting a billion dollar Wal-Mart-anchored shopping center and 900 apartment "development" threatening the survival of twenty
(20) endangered species in a Miami rockland forest. The 50 acre tract was formerly owned by the University of Miami, which received the former federal land to preserve, only to sell the land (and its soul, if any) to developers.
The same day the lawsuit was filed, Miami-based United States District Judge Ursula Mancusi Urgano found that plaintiffs have a high probability of prevailing on the merits. She temporarily halted the project, orderingTemporary Restraining Order.
She halted the bulldozers, instanter. Three cheers for the independence of article III federal courts.
On January 15, 2017, the Center for Biological Diversity presented the Earth2Trump Roadshow at our St. Augustine Amphitheater -- the only stop in Florida -- for a pre-inauguration road show protest.
Judge orders emergency halt to clearing of rare Miami forest targeted for Walmart BY JENNY STALETOVICH
DECEMBER 08, 2017 03:22 PM
UPDATED DECEMBER 08, 2017 08:42 PM
Judge stops US from allowing destruction of Miami forest
The Associated Press
DECEMBER 08, 2017 04:38 PM
UPDATED DECEMBER 08, 2017 04:39 PM
A federal judge has temporarily blocked a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision that would have allowed the destruction of a rare forest near Miami to build a shopping center and apartments.
U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro issued an order Friday stopping the clearing of about 50 acres of pine rockland forest that is home to about 20 endangered species, including the Miami tiger beetle.
She said the lawsuit filed Friday by the Center for Biological Diversity against the service will likely succeed, so she stopped bulldozers that had begun tearing down trees this week shortly after the wildlife service approved the development.
The group's Florida director, Jaclyn Lopez, told The Miami Herald , "We are elated."
The Fish and Wildlife Service did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/article188841594.html#storylink=cpy