Scripps Phase II is a commercial/residential offshoot of the Scripps Research Institute facility in Jupiter, Florida. It is slated to be built in the Briger Forest, one of the last ecosystems of its kind in the entire southeastern area:
- 1.6 million square feet are designated for Scripps office and biotech research space.
- 2.4 million square feet are for spinoff office and biotech research space.
- 500,000 square feet for commercial/retail/office development space.
- 2,700 residential units.
But Scripps is a company that can’t be trusted:
- Scripps came under fire for mistreatment of animals in their California facility, having spent millions of dollars addicting animals to nicotine, cocaine, morphine and other drugs.
- Scripps scientists have also conducted experiments on chimpanzees, research that would not be allowed in much of the world.
- Scripps left out the crucial information of the endangered species present in the Briger Tract in their development plan because they knew that it will slow them down.
- Three of the seven County Commissioners who voted in favor of Scripps on Mecca Farms are in federal prison for development-related corruption charges.
Additionally, Scripps has not disclosed the hazardous waste they will be disposing of and what the risks might be. They are known to 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.