- Associated Press - Sunday, August 14, 2016

PALM VALLEY, Fla. (AP) - A proposed housing development in northeast Florida is raising the ire of some neighbors and environmentalists.

The Florida Times-Union reports (https://bit.ly/2bg5rZe ) that Ponte Vedra Corp. is proposing a 77-home development called Vista Tranquila on about 100 acres of undeveloped land neighboring the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Florida chapters of the Audubon Society and Sierra Club are supporting neighbors opposed to the development. They have raised concerns over the effects of increased traffic and development on imperiled species that use the lands.

The company is asking St. Johns County to rezone the area, currently called The Outpost, from open rural to planned unit development.

But Chris Farrell of Northeast Florida Audubon says the land is an important stop for migratory birds traveling from North America to South America.



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Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, https://www.jacksonville.com

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