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Beach fill has it’s day in court

September 02 2008 | Jim's Blog,
by Jim

A beach fill project goes to court? Yes.

A few years ago I was in Lake Worth, Florida for a few hours. It was a memorable few hours. Ericka, our local maven, was showing me the area and pointing out the insanely clear water (the only water I'd ever seen this color was in Los Roques a hop, skip and a jump from Venezuela). We were walking the beach and Ericka was beside herself as she looked at a recent beach fill project.

Picture a stunning beach, gorgeous water... and then 100 feet down the beach a black, sooty mud covering... everything. The water there was all cloudy. Night and day.

A woman came up to me and asked what we were doing (it was obvious we were working as we were comparing grain substance and size, etc). She assumed we were the ones who had ruined the beach. She had tears welling up in her eyes as she said "they must want me out of here... I've grown up here my entire life... raised my daughter and now she's raising her daughter... and they are ruining this area... look at this beach?" We talked for a while and it was impactful as she represented the voice of an impacted local. I'll never forget it.

Well, our Florida crew (alongside a number of other groups) is fighting this. In fact, they are fighting it in court.

The trial started last Monday in the Town of Palm Beach.

Check out this post.

Stay up to speed on the trial here.
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