Don’t Destroy a Rainforest to Build a Shopping Center


Target: Governor of Florida, Rick Scott

Goal: Prevent development in irreplaceable pine rocklands rainforest

Rainforests are the most diverse ecosystems in the world, and Florida’s rainforests are among the most unique with their lush, tropical pine rocklands. The pine rocklands only exist in three areas on Earth: the Bahamas, Cuba, and South Florida, yet Florida plans to replace them with a Walmart, a Chick Fil A, and an apartment complex spanning the length of three football fields.

The University of Miami and developers broke their agreement to protect 400 acres of rainforest, and county officials who preside over the rainforests have failed to enforce the agreement. However, county officials counter that they are limited to protecting the rainforests only if the land is developed. The Tropical Audubon and the North American Butterfly Association are monitoring the development in order to determine how long they have to gather and study the many species in rainforests. If saved, the rainforests could act as climate controls and provide medicines and a tourist destination.

Although only two percent of Florida’s tropical pine rocklands remain and there are species solely located there, the convenient location of the rainforests to link residential and commercial life surpasses the reasons to preserve the rainforests to many people. Nevertheless, people are unable to realize that preserving rainforests is a beneficial choice for animals and plants that can also lead to profit for people.

Please stop the destruction of Florida’s rare and valuable rainforests.


Dear Governor Scott,

I am writing to urge you to intervene in Miami-Dade county’s official dealings. County officials are stuck with only being able to preserve rainforests if the land is developed. Additionally, both the University of Miami and developers have failed to keep their promise to leave rainforests alone. It is imperative to educate the public on the benefits of keeping rainforests as vibrant ecosystems.

Please keep in mind the scientific findings in regard to plant and animal species that can be found in the world’s rainforests, where the most diversity in plants and animals is located. From medicine to tourism to climate controls, rainforests’ benefits outweigh their inconvenience. With Florida being only one of three tropical pine rocklands on the planet, it is imperative for Florida to save its remaining rainforests, which are already reduced to two percent of their original size. Thank you so much for your time and please take action on this pressing issue.


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Photo Credit: G. Gonzalez via RESF

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  1. Myrna Burdick says:

    Dear Governor,
    It would seem that your reputation in safeguarding the beauty and uniqueness of your state is sadly dismal. Is
    this what you want to be remembered for?

    Please leave a legacy of ecological preservation that your family can be proud of. And besides, who in hell needs another Walmart?

  2. Cat Jefferson says:

    Joni Mitchell said it all…. “Pave paradise to put up a parking lot.” It never ends does it? Constant, never ending destruction of natural lands and sensitive habitats when hardly any is left.

  3. Jane Morrow says:

    How many more of these horrible shopping centres do you need? A rainforest is the most precious thing on this earth and must be preserved for the world and the creatures that rely on it for their very existence. I would have thought a university would have had more moral fibre than this – hang your head in shame. I’m not from the US but am fast forming the opinion that your politicians are all corrupt and self-interested. This is disgusting. If there were no natural places unsullied by Man’s greedy hands I would have no desire to exist.

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