October 6, 2012
Environmental Racism, Endangered Species and the Biotech Nightmare
The threat of Scripps Florida reveals a new tentacle, as the Hawkeye biotech development plans unfold before us. The Palm Beach County Commission is scheduled to make a final vote on the road expansion, which is needed for the development to move forward, on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 9:30am, at 301 North Olive Ave (6th Floor).
[Help mobilize for this hearing, and educate yourself by reading the information below.]
Last week, the South Florida Times reported that dispute between a developer and residents of a historically black neighborhood in Jupiter has sparked a charge of environmental racism over a proposed new road—the southern extension of Island Way, off Indiantown Road.
No one, thus far, has attempted to refute the charge of racism. But the attorney for the developer was arrogant enough to say residents are wrong in believing the road would run through their Limestone Creek community.
Allen Ciklin, attorney for Hawkeye Unlimited said the road would not run through Limestone Creek but would be “built adjacent to Kennedy Estates.”
Residents at a September 11th County Commission hearing responded loud and clear that the Kennedy Estates neighborhood is part of the 100+ year old Limestone Creek community. It has only become so severed from the northern remnant of this historic community as a result of the racist road-building plans and real estate speculation schemes that now define modern Jupiter. Read the rest of this entry »
Where: from I-95, Exit 83 (Donald Ross Road). The address is 130th Scripps Way Jupiter, FL. , in front of the Scripps facilities, adjacent to the Florida Atlantic University campus.
The March will be 5pm-6pm, marching out 3/4 mile from the Scripps facilities and ending at the intersection of Donald Ross Road and Parkside Drive in front of Briger Forest.
(Note: parking will be limited. Try parking in visitor parking on campus.)
Why: Scripps Biotech, FAU, and the Palm Beach Gardens City Gov. are all colluding in an attempt to expand Scripps operations onto the Briger Forest, a 600+acre pine flat-woods/wetland mosaic ecosystem Read the rest of this entry »
February 26, 2011
On Feb 14, 2011, two FAU Alumni began an occupation of the tree canopy in Briger Forest. The anti-Scripps tree sit in continues today as a direct deterrent to the expansion of Scripps Biotech in Florida. Click here to see videos and photos. Find out how you can support the tree sitters by contacting: evergladesearthfirst [at] gmail.com
Scripps biotechnology and bio-science facility is reaching it’s Phase II of development. Scripps Phase II will be built on the 700 acre forest, Briger Tract located on Donald Ross Road across from the FAU campus and Scripps Phase I.
We encourage you to do some research to decide if this is something you support or not. If Scripps Florida is not something Palm Beach County feels comfortable housing we invite you to get involved to have your voice heard. You may not disagree with everything Scripps brings- but you may disagree with at least one thing.
Will Scripps Florida Biotechnology be good for our families, communities, environment, and economy?
Here is some info about Scripps Biotech Phase II.
Scripps Phase II will devastate 683 acres of forest, home to Threatened and Endangered species of plants and animals such as Gopher Tortoise and Hand Fern. The land contains habitats suitable for at least 13 species listed for protection.
HEALTH & SAFETY
Scripps has still not disclosed the hazardous waste they will be disposing and what the associated risks would be. We know they deal with biological weapons such as Anthrax and industry diseases such as Mad Cow. The site is located directly west of two populated neighborhoods, San Michele and Legends at the Gardens. The water on the site drains into the regional canal system, emptying into the Intercoastal Waterway, potentially impacting all who live on the Lake Worth Lagoon.
Scripps has already cost taxpayers over $580 million dollars in subsidies from the State and County. In 2009, Scripps was the cause for 33% of Palm Beach County’s tax increase; nearly $40 million. This was the number one reason for last year’s tax increase, resulting from environmental permits being declared illegal. The current plan includes building 2,700 more homes and a new “City Place”, despite the entire Abacoa complex across the street going into foreclosure last year.
Animal Testing and Vivisection of monkeys (specifically Macaques,) dogs, cats, and mice will be routine in Scripps Experimentation. Vivisection research projects using Macaques are already routine at Scripps Florida at FAU. Some FAU students are rallying against this practice. Scripps located at FAU is the largest animal research facility in the state of Florida.
Since the original debacle with Scripps, 4 of the 7 Palm Beach County Commissioners who crafted the deal have been found guilty of corruption charges related primarily to crooked land deals.