Marine biologist calls state's fine against Sandpiper Bay and Resort for mangrove cutting 'slap on the wrist'

WPTV reported in May the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) was investigating more than 17,000 square feet of mangroves cut down along the shoreline of the Sandpiper Bay and Resort on the South Fork of the St. Lucie River in Port St. Lucie.

"I was disappointed, you know, in my mind I thought this was going to be a multi-million dollar fine, so to come in with a fine that barely cracks $100,000 tells me the state of Florida doesn't value mangroves as much as they say they do," Jud said.

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