Close

Sun Subscriber Website Login






Please wait....
 
News Story
Updated: 09/16/2014 06:51:53PM

Alarmed neighbors

stop the cutting of

wetlands’ mangroves

Share this story:


PHOTO PROVIDED

A landscaping crew cut down mangroves Saturday in a wetland on the 8200 block of Manasota Key Road. Neighbors became concerned and began to call authorities, believing the work was done without permits.

PHOTO PROVIDED

A man identified by neighbors as Paul Maurer of Cape Coral allegedly drove a tractor to push fill dirt into a wetland on his property Saturday. Sarasota County and Florida Department of Environmental Protection officials confirmed that Maurer had not sought permits to fill the wetland.

SUN PHOTO BY IAN ROSS

Manasota Key property owner Paul Maurer allegedly oversaw the cutting of mangroves and partial filling of a wetland Saturday. By Monday, the tractor that got stuck in the wetland was pulled out, but fill dirt and evidence of cut mangroves remained.

By IAN ROSS

Text Size:


Howie Foote, a Manasota Key resident and avid fisherman, was alarmed when he saw landscaping crews cutting down mangroves in a wetland on the lot next to his house Saturday.

“I don’t even like to walk out here now,” Foote said Monday, looking at the lot next door. “It breaks my heart.”

You are currently not logged in
By logging in you can see the full story.

Subscribe to 
							the E-Edition
Get the Sun Delivered


ADVERTISEMENT