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Fla. conservation panel accused of law violation

Fla. conservation panel accused of law violation

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is accused in a lawsuit of violating the state’s open-meetings “Sunshine Act.”

Two environmental groups sued Tuesday in state Circuit Court in Tallahassee.

Their lawsuit alleges a technical advisory committee held closed-door meetings to draft a plan for cutting off public boating access to part of Fisheating Creek in Glades County.

The Save Our Creeks group and the Environmental Confederation of Southwest Florida say the plan also would do environmental damage.

They claim it calls for building roads through wetlands and dumping 50 million pounds of sand into the creek to block public navigation.

A commission spokesman denied any wrongdoing, saying the agency has a longstanding history of transparency

The Earthjustice environmental legal organization is representing the two groups.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/02/14/2641202/fla-conservation-panel-accused.html#storylink=cpy