For Immediate Release
Date: July 10, 2000
Subject: Crystal River and Adjacent Wetlands Corps of Engineer Denial of Homestead Resort’s Application for Wetlands Permit
From: Barbara Weber, President of the Friends of Crystal River and Olson, Noonan & Bzdok, P.C.
The Friends of Crystal River’s struggle to prevent the development of a large golf course and residential complex over the Crystal River and its unique swale wetlands is coming to an end. On Friday, July 7, 2000, the Detroit District Office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it had denied the permit for the project, bringing to a close the final stage of a long, arduous series of state and federal agency and court decisions, spanning nearly fourteen years.
"The Corps of Engineers has upheld the integrity and intent of federal wetland laws and regulations, and brought firm, clear protection to the Crystal River," said Barbara Weber, the Friend’s President. "We are thankful for the result, and we appreciate the monumental support from many citizens and a faithful coalition of national and state environmental and conservation organizations, "she added."This represents the fruits of the labor of many people. "Thank goodness for the Detroit Office of the Corps and Region V of the Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago,"she said. "Beginning with federal the federal court ruling a few years ago, federal law mandates that this matter should be finally determined by the Corps, and the Corps has done so."
Contacts: Barbara Weber, President, Friends of Crystal River, 231-386-9825
Jim Olson or Chris Bzdok, Olson, Noonan & Bzdok, P.C., 231-946-0044