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by savecalusa

Current Status: Pending ruling from the court.

Our case number is 2021-000067-AP-01. Save Calusa had their day in court attempting to reverse the recent zoning decision approving a large scale residential development on 168 acres of parks and rec designated greenspace and wildlife habitat! A panel of three Florida 11th Circuit Court Judges (Trawick, Santovenia and Fernandez-Karavetsos) heard oral arguments on 3/24. Each side received 15 min. to verbally highlight the briefs previously submitted, and the judges also had the opportunity to ask specific questions. Save Calusa attorney David Winker focused on 3 key areas, why we have standing to bring the lawsuit, the importance and impact of the lack of notice for the hearing, and our environmental concerns with respect to the wildlife and habitat. Now we wait for the judges to issue their decision, which could take weeks/months. In the meantime, we will continue to monitor the Calusa Rookery closely, and ensure the environmental reports are as thorough and accurate as possible.

On Dec 27, 2021, our non-profit Save Calusa Inc. filed litigation/a writ in the Miami-Dade Circuit Court asking to:

  1. Quash (reverse) the zoning development approval granted November 17th, 2021 because it was done without proper hearing notice
  2. Stay (hold) of any tree/building removal permits until required environmental studies can be completed.

We are a grassroots group of neighbors volunteering our time to protect 168 acres of parks and recreation green space and wildlife habitat that was intended to be protected until 2067 by a land use covenant. Please consider contributing to support our continued advocacy and ongoing litigation: http://gofundme.com/SaveCalusa