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Updated: 03/05/2014 08:00:03AM

Mangrove clearing concerns Sandpiper Key residents

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SUN PHOTO BY IAN ROSS

Lemon Bay Cove LLC has a permit application pending to cut mangroves and put fill dirt on a 5.6-acre area on Sandpiper Key. The permit application proposes to offset the environmental impacts by purchasing mitigation credits from Little Pine Island Mitigation Bank in Lee County.

By IAN ROSS

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SANDPIPER KEY — Controversy surrounding mangrove mistreatment in Manasota Key over the past week has stirred up old tensions on another key slightly to the south.

Residents of Sandpiper Key, which lies just south of the Tom Adams bridge in Englewood, have been concerned for years about the fate of 5.6 acres of mangrove wetlands at the southern end of the key. A developer, Lemon Bay Cove LLC, is applying for permits to build a condo or apartment complex on the plot, which would necessitate the destruction of mangrove wetlands.

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