Judge: Don’t build at species’ risk
A judge blocked FEMA from issuing flood insurance for new construction in areas in The Keys that are habitat for threatened or endangered animals and plants. Environmental groups hope the move has ripple effects
A federal judge has blocked new development in some sensitive wild areas of the Florida Keys from receiving federal flood insurance, calling the program a threat to endangered species such as the Key deer and Lower Keys marsh rat.
I don’t know about the Key deer, but here in Jersey we’d be willing to ship a few deer to the Keys if it’ll make anyone happy. Heck, I’d throw in a few Canada geese, too.
It only took 25 years for the case to reach a decision on the Florida court case.
As for government-issued flood insurance, it’s time it becomes an endangered species.