Construction of Walmart shopping center on endangered forest land in Florida stopped | GBRI

Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved construction of Walmart shopping center near Zoo Miami and Everglades National Park. Now in a move that is being celebrated by environmentalists, a Miami district court judge has issued an emergency injunction stopping the razing down of a stretch of endangered pine rocklands in the area.

“Plaintiffs will suffer immediate and irreparable injury arising from the destruction of the pine rocklands, and the loss of threatened and endangered species that depend on such habitat for their survival absent issuance of this [temporary restraining order],” Judge Ursula Ungaro’s ruling stated, adding that “the public interest favors the entry of such an order.”

“This mega-development will wipe out some of South Florida’s last ecological gems and diminish quality of life for nearby residents by worsening traffic and sprawl,” said Jaclyn Lopez, Florida director of the Center for Biological Diversity.

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