Talk About it Tuesday: Petition against Walmart on Endangered Pine Rockland

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A few weeks ago the news broke that the University of Miami sold endangered pine rockland forest to a Palm Beach Gardens-based developer.  The developers planned to build a Walmart.  Leslye Jacobs, former student of the University of Miami was outraged and decided to make a petition against this called MoveOn.org.

Developers have vowed to set 40 acres out of the 88 purchased aside for a preserve, but that isn’t enough for the people of Miami.  An online petition created by activist Chris Wolverton called, thepetitionsite.com has almost 35,000 signatures fighting against the new developemental plans.  Leslye’s petition has already attracted 8,000 signatures as well.  Lesyle plans to present the petition to the Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez along with Gov. Rick Scott.

As residents of Miami, how do you feel about the plans for the development of the land?  Do you think it should all be protected or are you okay with the new plans to develop? Let us know on twitter, Tweet us at @Loop305 with the #TalkAboutitTuesday

 

-Samantha Wagner

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