Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Judge recommends permit for development that could harm Audubon sanctuary

The legal battle over whether to allow golf-course community Mirasol to destroy wetlands and move in took another turn. A judge recommended the South Florida Water Management District give Mirasol the permit to build, according to this article in the Naples Daily News. The fight has been going on since 2000, the article says. Environmentalists are concerned about wetland destruction and the effects of development on nearby Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and the Cocohatchee River, which flows into the Gulf of Mexico. If you click over and read the article, read the comments too. One person asks why another golf course is being allowed when we already have water restrictions . . . besides, won't the fertilizer used to keep that course green run off and pollute Corkscrew, the river and eventually the Gulf?

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