‘It’s devastating’: Florida questioning Michael Mota after resort’s protected mangrove trees chopped down

“It’s devastating,” said Loraé T. Simpson, the director of scientific research and conservation, at the Florida Oceanographic Society. 

“They wont be able to fish there any more, because there’s nothing to hold the fish,” she said. “They will see erosion of shoreline. It will start to sink and subside into the water more. Once the roots die, they will shrivel up, and they will lose elevation and property. The seagrass adjacent to it will get smothered, because of sand. If there are birds that love the trees, they are gone.”

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