Some question plans for development in rare forest


The Associated Press

A plan to develop endangered forest land in Miami-Dade County is causing alarm among some environmentalists.

About 88 acres of pine rockland was sold this month by the University of Miami to a Palm Beach County developer who plans to build a Wal-Mart, LA Fitness, Chik-fil-A, Chili's and 900 apartments.

The developer has agreed to set aside 40 acres for a preserve, but that's not enough for some observers.

Dennis Olle, a board member of Tropical Audubon and the North American Butterfly Association, is demanding an investigation into the deal.

He tells the Miami Herald (, "You wonder how things end up being endangered? This is how."

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