What is happening to Florida's "protected" wetlands?
"This is an exhaustive, timely, and devastating account of the destruction of Florida's wetlands, and the disgraceful collusion of government at all levels. It's an important book that should be read by every voter, every taxpayer, every parent, every Floridian who cares about saving what's left of this precious place."--Carl Hiaasen
"Pittman and Waite pulled the lid off federal and state wetlands regulation in Florida and peered deep into the cauldron of 'mitigation,' 'no net loss,' 'banking,' and the rest of the regulatory stew. For anyone interested in wetlands generally, and in Florida environmental issues in particular, this is an eye-opening, must-read book."--J. B. Ruhl
Since 1990, every president has pledged to protect wetlands, and Florida possesses more than any state except Alaska. And yet, since that time Florida has lost more than 84,000 acres of wetlands that help replenish the water supply and protect against flooding.
How and why the state’s wetlands are continuing to disappear is the subject of Paving Paradise. Journalists Craig Pittman and Matthew Waite spent nearly four years investigating the political expedience, corruption, and negligence on the part of federal and state agencies that led to a failure to enforce regulations on developers. They traveled throughout the state, interviewed hundreds of people, dug through thousands of documents, and analyzed satellite imagery to identify former wetlands that were now houses, stores, and parking lots.
The result was an award-winning series, "Vanishing Wetlands," of more than twenty stories in the St. Petersburg Times, exposing the unseen environmental consequences of rampant sprawl. Expanding their work into book form in the tradition of Michael Grunwald's The Swamp, Pittman and Waite explain how wetland protection has become a taxpayer-funded program that creates the illusion of environmental protection while doing little to stem the tide of destruction.
One of the best, albeit depressing and anger inducing, books I've read in a long time. The writing style is easy to read and enjoyable even if the substance of the book isn't... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bill Chambers
Must read for anyone who lives in Florida and cares about preserving its wetlands.
A most profoundly disturbing and detailed insight into what is happening with development in... Read more
Overstating the short and long term harm from the destruction of wetlands is hard - perhaps impossible. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Chris
At last, an honest review of environmental regulation that should be required reading for all Florida Government officials, but of course they will be the last to read it.Published on July 17, 2011 by Phil Buchanan
A friend who had read Paving Paradise gave several friends a review almost identical to Joy's review. Read morePublished on September 3, 2009 by Mary Sheppard