Florida developers just can’t let go of their get-rich-quick schemes
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Florida may still be mired in the worst real estate slump in memory, but that has never stopped starry-eyed speculators in the state from trying to make quick buck by scraping raw land and building ticky-tack subdivisions.
One of the latest schemes would make a mockery of the “Nature Coast” designation for a stretch of coastline extending from Clearwater to Ochlockonee Bay that harbors 19 endangered species.
As if the development weren’t bad enough on it own, there are plans afoot to dredge a massive new channel that would result in almost unprecedented destruction of seagrass in Fillman Bayou, with ongoing impacts from heavy boat traffic after construction. (more…)