Protest January 9th to Save the Briger!

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Created by Kat Eng

The last remaining unprotected forest east of I-95 is being illegally cut right now. But it’s not too late!

Activists and concerned citizens from all around will be gathering from 4:30-6:30 on January 9th, at Donald Ross and Central Ave in Palm Beach Gardens to help save this forest from the corporate interests who fail to see its value and beauty.

This 681 acres is currently home to several threatened and endangered species, including the gopher tortoise and snowy egret. It is slated to become home to more strips malls, more residential units and a biotech city complete with animal testing labs.

IF THE BRIGER IS DESTROYED HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN LOOK FORWARD TO IN YOUR BACKYARD:

  • Increased CO2 levels
  • A four-million-square-foot “Biotech City
  • Animal testing labs
  • Biohazardous waste
  • Destruction of threatened and endangered native animal habitat
  • More wasted tax dollars (on top of the $580 million already spent)
  • 500,000 sq. ft. of strip malls, urban sprawl, and 2,700 unnecessary residential units
  • More corruption – 3 of the 7 County Commissioners who voted in favor of Scripps Biotech have gone to federal prison for development-related charges!

In its current state, the Briger Forest is an uncommonly large and valuable piece of habitat, boasting an ecosystem that is the last of its kind in this area. It is the home to several species under threat of extinction, including the gopher tortoise and hand fern.

However, after much controversy, the Scripps Research Institute is looking to fulfill their dream of a commercial/residential offshoot of their facility on Florida Atlantic University’s FAU campus— by bulldozing one of the largest tracts of intact forest remaining in southeastern Florida.

But we can stop it! There are several legal challenges being pursued, so let’s keep the pressure on and let them know we still care!

JOIN US TO SAY “NO!’ TO OVERDEVELOPMENT AND “YES!” TO THE WILD!

 

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