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Dolphin Expressway Expanding into Protected Everglades Wetlands

Approved Dolphin Expressway Expansion

Miami-Dade County has recently approved an expansion of the Dolphin Expressway into protected Everglades wetlands. Noise pollution, light pollution, and motor vehicle exhaust are only the beginning of the effects the 6-lane behemoth will bring to the once-protected wetland area.

Marjory Douglas once said "The Everglades is a test. If we pass it, we get to keep the planet." Our Everglades provide us with tourism income, flooding and hurricane buffer, and precious natural ecosystems that have been wiped out in other parts of the world. Approving construction on this project is a step in the wrong direction, we are failing the test.

Beyond environmental impacts, the already-congested South Florida highway system will be further strained for years of development. So the real question is: why? Taking into account all of the negatives that this $1 billion expansion entails, there is no excusing development of this type.