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Environmental Lawyer Discusses Florida’s Fragile Coastline


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Tampa environmental lawyer Martha Collins addresses a crowd of students at Stetson Law on Earth Day.

Tampa environmental lawyer Martha Collins addresses a crowd of students at Stetson Law on Earth Day. Click for high-resolution image.

Martha Collins of the Collins Law Group in Tampa, Fla., addressed a crowd of Stetson Law students gathered in the Mann Lounge on the Gulfport campus  on Earth Day, April 22,  to hear her speak about the impact of beach erosion issues in Florida. Collins showed a series of slides illustrating Florida’s fragile coastline, and discussed the impact of beach nourishment on the environment and property owners.

Last spring, Collins represented surfers in a lawsuit challenging a Palm Beach nourishment project. The surfers and their supporters said that nourishment could interfere with nesting sea turtles and other small animals and cloud the water, covering underwater coral reefs and rocks that anglers, divers and surfers need to see. The judge barred the project on environmental grounds.

You can learn more about this case by visiting The New York Times article on the subject.