Calusa Rookery MUST be preserved
Miami Dade County DERM has completed their monthly environmental surveys of the Calusa Rookery. They independently confirmed imperiled nesting of the State Threatened Tricolored Heron. They also confirmed that 6 Tricolored Heron chicks, from 3 different nests, were hatched and raised at the Calusa Rookery during the 2022 nesting season.
More details on the Calusa Rookery are available on our ROOKERY page.
Litigation Status: WE WON THE APPEAL! The Nov 2021 zoning approval for 550 homes was REVERSED!!
|Feb 1, 2023||CALUSA WIN STANDS!! 3rd District Court of Appeals denies the request for rehearing (reconsideration), and issues the following clarified opinion (upholding the Nov 16, 2022 decision in favor of Save Calusa): https://3dca.flcourts.gov/content/download/859184/opinion/221296_NOND_02012023_103356_i.pdf|
|Dec 1, 2022||The County and owner/developer filed a motion asking the 3rd DCA panel to reconsider its ruling and for the Florida Supreme Court to consider the impact of required notice as a question of great public importance.|
|Nov 16, 2022||WE WON!! 3rd District Court of Appeals issues verdict in favor of Save Calusa! |
The 3rd District Court of Appeals (DCA) granted our petition (No. 3D22-1296)! Details here: https://www.3dca.flcourts.org/content/download/852826/opinion/221296_DC03_11162022_102251_i.pdf
“Allowing the decision to stand threatens to compromise the due process the regulatory framework strives
to afford. Accordingly, we grant the petition for certiorari and quash the order under review.
Petition granted; order quashed.”
|Dec 27, 2021||Our non-profit Save Calusa Inc. filed litigation 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.