Greenfire Clients Fight to Save Natural Area in Heart of St. Lucie, Florida
The Conservation Alliance of St. Lucie County and Indian Riverkeeper, two nonprofit associations dedicated to environmental protection represented by Greenfire Law and Hartsell Law of Winter Haven, Florida, recently filed their opening brief in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals to continue their efforts to block the Federal Highway Administration’s (“FHWA”) approval of construction a six-lane highway and bridge through two ecologically-sensitive nature preserves in southeast Florida. The Savannas Preserve State Park and the North Fork of the Saint Lucie River Aquatic Preserve are among the few remaining expanses of natural habitat within a highly urbanized region. In the cases of certain species, like mangroves, construction of a bridge through these nature preserves would decimate those species’ only remaining habitat in the area. Both of these nature preserves also protect from urbanization the greater ecosystem services provided by the St. Lucie River and the extensive river and estuarine habitat in the area. The Conservation Alliance of St. Lucie and Indian Riverkeeper seek to show the appellate court that the FHWA should have chosen an available alternative highway route that would not impact these critical public resources while still addressing traffic needs.