Unfortunately no matter how you slice and dice it-- the land divides habitat in a scheme that allows Walmart, a strip mall, 900-apartments and, of course, a huge parking lot-- no one wins. Except Greed. And the Repugnicant Party.
And the University of Miami which had been given the land by the U.S. Coast Guard. Instead of conserving it, they sold it to the developer for $22-million. Knowing that, it's hard to miss the irony and not be repulsed by the football team's gleeful display of that over-the-top-in-your-face "Turnover Chain." Maybe they can hang it over the neck of the school's new president. Yeah, with the "U" it's all about the bling.
You can learn more, here.
Update 12/8/2017: Judge orders emergency halt to clearing rare Miami forest targeted by Walmart. Miami district court Judge Ursula Ungaro ruled the plaintiffs "showed a likelihood of winning their case and that ongoing work could cause irreparable harm."
Kudos to the Center for Biological Diversity, Tropical Audubon Society, Miami Pine Rockland Coalition, and the South Florida Wildlands Association. Here's hoping they will be successful and the NS won't have to get all "old school" with them thar bulldozers like we did in Book 2 (for those who read Book 2, yes that didn't turn out very well but apparently anything is possible). You can read more here.