Bobby C. Billie speaks for nature, against projects like Briger

SCRAP SCRIPPS BIOTECH & SAVE THE BRIGER

By Tony Doris – Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

PALM BEACH GARDENS —

Bobby C. Billie, 69, an independent Seminole, visited Palm Beach Gardens on June 5 to speak against developing the Briger property, a 681-acre forest slated as a commercial and residential offshoot of the Scripps biomedical research campus.

Ruddy cheeks, gray ponytail down his back and heart on his sleeve, he used his allotted three minutes to urge the City Council to scrap the development and save the forest. They voted 5-0 to approve the initial 360 houses and townhomes.

What about the Briger site troubled you?

It’s not only that particular area but all the natural environment is disappearing. We have to acknowledge the creator’s gift to the survival of the future generations. We can’t pass it on as concrete. We’re not going to survive.

I’m trying to make them acknowledge the importance of nature. That’s what…

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