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Walmart has decided that one of its new stores must be built upon 88 acres of pine rockland in Florida, one of the world's rarest forests, the Miami Herald reports. Local government is aware that the area is a habitat for multiple endangered species including our national emblem, the bald eagle, two rare butterflies, a Florida species of bat and a snake.
The piece of land was sold by the University of Miami to a developer who will plant it with less-endangered species such as an LA Fitness center, a Chick-fil-A, a Chili's and of course, a Walmart. A portion of the tract, 40 acres, will be set aside as a preserve.
"You wonder how things end up being endangered? This is how. This is bad policy and bad enforcement," said a board member of Tropical Audubon and the North American Butterfly Association, and a guy who clearly doesn't understand why Florida needs another Walmart.
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