First-ever ‘rights of nature’ lawsuit filed in Florida to fight development

First-ever ‘rights of nature’ lawsuit filed in Florida to fight development


Mother Nature is fighting back — in court.

Thanks to a new “rights of nature” law passed last year in Orange County, Florida, a network of streams, lakes and marshes is taking on a developer and the state to try to stop a housing development from destroying them.

The lawsuit was filed on Monday in Orange County and is the first one of its kind in the US. The listed plaintiffs are Wilde Cypress Branch, Boggy Branch, Crosby Island Marsh, Lake Hart and Lake Mary Jane, the Guardian reported Saturday.

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A network of streams, lakes and marshes is taking on a developer and the state to try and survive.Getty Images

According to the suit, a proposed 1,900-acre housing development by Beachline South Residential LLC would destroy more than 63 acres of wetlands and 33 acres of streams by filling and polluting them, as well as 18 acres of wetlands where stormwater detention ponds are being built.

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