article: "Over 225 types of native plants occur here and more than 20 percent of the plant species are found here and nowhere else in the world
Even if you don't give a crap about liberal environmental issues, from a strictly capitalist's point of view, the problem is that scientists and environmentalists now have to scramble to collect and preserve without the benefit of that environment about to be destroyed samples of what is found "nowhere else in the world." Who knows what chemical compounds are there that could advance humanity or, for that matter, further profits.
On the environmental front, though I love the nature in Florida, given what looks like impending sea rise I don't know how seriously I can take saving what environment is gonna wind up snorkeling one day.
If you google map Richmond Naval Air Station Miami you'll see how developed already is the area in question.
I just checked the elevation at the metro zoo address nearby. Elevation for 12400 SW 152nd St, Miami, FL 33177 is 2 feet
•The latitude for this location is: 25.611297
•The longitude for this location is: -80.397708
So, if climate change and if sea rise then that area is toast anyway.
It's a real strange thing to consider. I feel the same way about the Everglades now, a project I supported whole heartedly before all the evidence came in on climate change, before most of us had any idea of how much the seas might rise.
But how do you justify spending 13 billion over a 30 year period for restoration of an area that might be underwater in 100 or whatever years?http://miami.cbslocal.com/2014/07/18/feds-stop-work-on-walmart-in-miami-dade-land-with-rare-species/
Federal officials warned a developer who plans on building a Walmart and other businesses on Miami-Dade land to stop planning construction of the mixed use development until a survey is done of the endangered wildlife on the property.