|THE BRIGER FOREST|
Nearly seven hundred acres of pine flatwood forest are set to be destroyed to make way for a “Biotech City." The Briger Forest in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida boasts an ecosystem that is the last of its kind in the area. It is the home to several species under threat of extinction.
Christian Minaya of PBC Environmental Coalition has another dream for the Forest,
Our vision for the future of the Briger Tract is one of preservation. The Briger is a vital link to old Florida. A preserved Briger Tract will undoubtedly prove to be a precious resource for the continuation of biological diversity in the area, as well as a great boon for education and recreation for local residents.
The Briger Forest is a mix of freshwater marshes, hardwood forest and prairie that’s slated to become part of a commercial/residential offshoot of the Scripps Research Institute, a biomedical research company.
Save the Briger Forest writes:
The Scripps Phase II development plan makes no mention of protection for the endangered and threatened species. Despite this, 100 acres of the Briger Forest have been designated for the Scripps Phase II Biocity:
We’re here stopping a crime; the illegal destruction of the Briger Forest. Kolter Group Co. is violating the Endangered Species Act and operating without all the proper permits fully approved,. The time for compromise is over. If we don’t take direct action and put our bodies on the line to protect what we have left, developers will pave over and pollute every last inch of this place.
Ashley Lyons added,
Kolter and Palm Beach County have had a corrupt deal from the beginning. It is a crime against nature for developers to keep bulldozing over wild South Florida in order to perpetuate an animal torturing biotech expansion agenda.
It took a minimum of 22 police cars, an emergency field force vehicle, and a mobile command unit to arrest three people who were participating in the protest.
Say, corporate welfare anyone? Just in the past few years, Scripps has been the lucky recipient of nearly half a billion dollars in blood money, er, state subsidies for the little scheme. They also have a nice agreement with the county to lease the part of the property they "own" for a dollar a year.
And that, my friend, is global capital gone local...
The following is from Earth First! Newswire.
Clearing of Rare South Florida Forest Begins for Development of “Biotech City”
Activists Find Flaws in Permits and Plans for Land Clearing and Relocation of Endangered Plants and Animals
Vice Mayor Eric Jablin
Council Member Joe Russo
Council Member Marcie Tinsley
Council Member David Levy
City Manager Ron Ferris