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Petitioning Commissioner and Collier MPO Chair Penny Taylor and 9 others

Help Save the Everglades from more destruction, Stop ROGG (River of Grass Greenway).

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Please sign the petition to Stop ROGG (River of Grass Greenway Project) and help save the Everglades and Big Cypress.

Nature Has A Right To Exist.  The Florida Everglades and Big Cypress need you!  Eyes around the world are focused on Florida and the fate of these fragile ecosystems!

Join us in taking responsibility to preserve and protect these fragile ecosystems.  The Everglades is a designated World Heritage Site, "Wetland Area of Global Importance", and is the only tropical wetlands of its kind in existence.  Help concerned citizens stop the River of Grass Greenway (ROGG) project, a 76 mile 12 to 14 feet wide hard surfaced road that would run parallel to the Tamiami Trail (US41) from San Marco Road in Naples, FL to Krome Avenue in Miami, FL.  The proposed ROGG project would cut through 6 national and state parks, preserves, forests, and wildlife refuges which provide critical habitat to several endangered and protected species such as; the Florida Panther, Wood Stork, Bald Eagle, Indigo Snake, Spoon Bills, and Snail Kites, to name a few.

Supporters of ROGG are "Green Washing" a project that would dredge, fill in wetlands , redirect water flow, destroy orchids, cut thru cypress strands, construct bridging, board walks, rest stops, parking lots, and facilities.  All of this taking place in an area where billions of federal and state tax dollars have already been spent on massive restoration efforts.  A $1 million dollar Feasibility Study currently estimates initial costs to build the ROGG will cost taxpayers $140 million dollars.   Long-term costs to operate ROGG will make this project even more costly.  Tax dollars should not be wasted on a recreational project that is not needed, and could possibly undermine restoration efforts such as CERP and lead to additional costs and delays.  The tax dollars that would be spent on ROGG would be better spent on Everglades restoration and to improve bike pathways in the urban/suburban communities.  This asphalt roadway violates mandates set forth by Congress for the protection on Natural Resources, Wetlands, and Waters on federal and state lands.  The ROGG would open the door to further development and destruction of the Everglades and Big Cypress.

The ROGG would cut through ancestral lands, sacred sites, and burial grounds of the Miccosukee, Seminole, and Simanolee people who still inhabit the area, and who have a historic relationship with the land.  Historical agreements made with the Simanolee people are being ignored and dishonored.

Supporters of ROGG fail to disclose that there are many opportunities currently existing to explore the Everglades and Big Cypress.  There are hundreds of miles of trails for hiking, biking, horse riding, and other recreational and educational opportunities in the many area parks, preserves, forests, and wildlife refuges.

The choices we make today, our support, and our voices will determine the fate of the Everglades and Big Cypress.  The Everglades is known as "The River of Grass" to some, and to others as "The River of Stars".  Help prevent a project, a potential Pandora's Box , that could be used as a springboard for future development projects, and in turn lead to the final demise of these treasured ecosystems.  Stand united with concerned citizens in preventing this proposed travesty.  Lend your voice to send a message to companies, politicians, and special interest groups; "Keep Development Out of The Everglades and Big Cypress".

Please sign the petition to Stop ROGG (River of Grass Greenway Project) and help save the Everglades and Big Cypress.



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