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Friday, December 15, 2017

Temporary Halt to Destruction


TAS and partners file suit to protect endangered species

Last week, the Trump Administration's US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) gave the green light to the "Habitat Conservation Plan" proposed by the University of Miami and Ram Realty as part of its Coral Reef Commons project, a mega-development slated to occupy the largest privately owned tract of critically endangered pine rockland habitat in Miami-Dade County. Project approval was given — despite the fact that less than 2% of biologically imperiled pine rockland habitat remains outside of Everglades National Park — and bulldozing commenced.

Anticipating this unfortunate decision,TAS, the Center for Biological Diversity, Miami Pine Rocklands Coalition and South Florida Wildlands immediately filed suit against USFWS to uphold its duty to protect habitat for endangered and imperiled plant and animal species. In particular, the development of this land threatens 20 endangered plants and animals, including the eastern indigo snake, gopher tortoise, Florida brickell-bush and two butterflies, the Bartram’s scrub-hairstreak and Florida leafwing. The developer began bulldozing the 83 acres slated for development immediately. Fortunately, TAS and the plaintiffs filed for a Temporary Restraining Order, which was granted. Click Here to Read the Press Release

TAS Conservation Director Erin Clancy sheds light on the role the University of Miami plays in the deforestation of one of the world's most rare forests: Click Here to Read

Photo courtesy of Paul Marcellini

Strymon acis:The endangered Bartram's scrub-hairstreak is usually seen no farther than 17 ft from its host pineland croton. Protect its pine rockland home.

Photo courtesy of Roger Hammer

Pineland croton (Croton linearis, photo credit, Roger Hammer); larval host of the Florida leafwing and Bartram’s scrub-hairstreak; both butterflies are state- and federal-listed endangered species; Bartram’s scrub-hairstreak is present in the Richmond Pineland Complex and the Florida leafwing would have been historically present.

Temporary restraining order obtained

TAS and our fellow plaintiffs were granted a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) on December 8 by Judge Ungaro, suspending activities at the site.

The TRO is effective through the preliminary injunction hearing taking place December 20, when the court will decide whether to enjoin these activities until the resolution of the case, or to let the injunction stand wile the case proceeds.

Preliminary Injunction Hearing

Wednesday, December 20, 10am

C. Clyde Atkins U.S Courthouse

301 North Miami Avenue, 11th Floor

Miami, FL 33128

(305) 523-5710


Remember that federal court is not the place to audibly or visibly support one side or the other. Kindly dress in professional business attire and refrain from cheering, jeering, clapping or carrying signage to either of these judicial hearings.

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About Coral Reef Commons

If built as proposed, the massive Coral Reef Commons development will include 42 acres of “big box” stores, chain restaurants and 900 apartment units, and will destroy a total of 83 acres in the heart of one of the world’s most rare and biodiverse forests.