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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

City of Lake Worth Approves 5-0 to Join the Palm Beach Chapter's Lawsuit

A a major step towards a 3 year campaign against a dredge and fill project was won by all citizens who treasure our local beaches and marine environment last night. The City of Lake Worth took a 21st century stand to join to protect what people the people love about living and visiting Palm Beach County.

Joining the legal petition as an intervener against the Department of Environmental Protection and the Town of Palm Beach’s Reach 8 beach dredging permit, commmitted the City to saving and preserving the Lake Worth Public Beach, Pier, and reefs. This is the first time in US history that a dredge and fill project permit has been challenged.

About 100 hundred people who have dived, snorkeled, swam or walked these beaches for decades filled the City Commission chambers to let the City and the Towm of Palm Beach know they would not sit quietly and watch the loss of their public trust resources.

The City joins the ranks of other East Coast governments such as Long Beach, NY, Sconset(Nantucket), MA and Outer Banks, NC in making bold stands against antiquated, reckless, expensive and devestating projects and practices that continues to look to destroy recreation and habitats.

In addition, Eastern Surfing Association will be joining Surfrider, Snook Foundation and 3 individual plantiffs to protect the beach, surf and reefs.

The Court date is August 25.

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