Photo courtesy Crosstown Parkway Extension - City of Port St. Lucie
Photo courtesy Crosstown Parkway Extension - City of Port St. Lucie

A three-judge panel of the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals denied the appeal local environmentalist groups challenging the route of the Crosstown Parkway bridge in Port St. Lucie, Florida. TCPalm staffer Nicole Rodriguez reports on the decision, which upholds a November 2015 ruling that the FHA and U.S. DOT chose the best possible route and had given consideration to the environment while creating the route for the bridge.

Environmental groups were disappointed in the decision:

"It sets a terrible precedent for any other state parks in the state of Florida," Conservation Alliance President Shari Anker said Friday, adding that she was devastated.

However, Port St. Lucie's Mayor Greg Ovarec was pleased with the decision:

"... We're going to continue to overcome any obstacles thrown in our way in order to deliver this incredibly important project to our citizens," he said.

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