Savannas Preserve State Park in Port St. Lucie is threatened by city plans to bulldoze a route right through conservation lands – and those plans haven’t changed, despite public input and ongoing lawsuits by environmental groups.
For several years, Indian Riverkeeper and the Conservation Alliance of St. Lucie County have waged legal challenges against the City of Port St. Lucie, which claims the only feasible route for a Crosstown Bridge is right through the Halpatiokee Trails of Savannas Preserve State Park.
Having hiked those trails ourselves, we know that this landscape along the sinuous route of the North Fork of the St. Lucie River is worth saving. Public support is needed to prevent the bulldozing of these trails and the continued conservation of this rare patch of wild waterfront in Port St. Lucie, which includes a number of endangered plant species. Increasingly crowded by the sprawl that has been allowed to form along US 1, this is an oasis of wild in an urbanizing area.
Conservation Alliance of St. Lucie County reports that bulldozing is imminent, even as legal challenges continue, and that citizens need to encourage Savannas Preserve State Park not to turn over their riverfront land to the city. They’ve produced a video showcasing all that this ribbon of conservation land has to offer, and why it should be saved for future generations.