Letter: Population growth takes toll on Florida
A recent letter writer boasted that he and other snowbirds and new residents have contributed thousands of dollars in taxes “to help change Florida’s swampy, tangled mess of vegetation into the beautiful state it is today.”
I have lived in Florida for 62 years. I have seen wetlands drained and orange groves bulldozed to make way for subdivisions and shopping malls. Our aquifer has been depleted, allowing saltwater intrusion, so that deep wells are no longer fit even for irrigation.
We used to fish in the Indian River Lagoon for mullet, shrimp and blue crabs. Now, fish are dying by the thousands, and dolphins and manatees are getting sick and dying. Yes, this is change due to population growth. But a change for the better? Not in my eyes. And sadly, the change is irreversible.
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