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No Lowes In the Everglades

July 21st, 2008 by flanews

Development plans to build a Lowes near the everglades were shot down by the Florida Department of Community Affairs. Earlier this year the Miami-Dade County Commission approved plans to build past the urban development boundary, which is set up to protect the Everglades. Environmental groups gathered 2,000 signatures in less than a month asking Governor Charlie Crist to intervene. Damien Filer works with Progress Florida, the group that fought the development and hosted the petition signing. Filer said his group couldnt have stopped the development without help from Floridians.

People made their voices heard, they said we already have over a hundred Lowes in Florida, we only have one Everglades, its a national treasure and we want to protect it. Thousands of people made their voices heard. The state of Florida listened and they paid attention, said Filer.

Filer expects Lowes to appeal the decision. Filer set up a link on Progress Floridas website (www.progressflorida.com) directing people to send an email to the President of Lowes. So Far more than a hundred people have participated.

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