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Paving Paradise: Florida's Vanishing Wetlands and the Failure of No Net Loss

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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."--
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Hardcover, 376 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by University Press of Florida (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jana
Apr 13, 2011 rated it liked it
This book was good, but I think it could have been much shorter in length & the message still would have been clear. It was very interesting though.
Jeff
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good stuff, makes me mad.
Don Woodman
Aug 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who lives in Florida is impacted on a daily basis by the issue of real estate development. Growth and development is the engine that drives our state economy, and so all of us who derive our income from fellow Florida citizens enjoy the trickle down effects of growth and development. At the same time what attracted many of us to Florida are the very same natural resources put in jeapordy by unrestrained and rampant development. Rampant development destroys the precious wetlands that serve ...more
Chris
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Overstating the short and long term harm from the destruction of wetlands is hard – perhaps impossible. Equally hard – but certainly impossible – is topping the masterful work of Craig Pittman and co-author Matthew Waite who let the facts tell the tragic and maddening story of Florida’s wetlands. Paving Paradise is a thoroughly researched yet completely accessible account for all readers of what wetlands are, why they matter, and how they are regulated. It brings to life national, state, and loc ...more
Eric Moebius
May 05, 2012 rated it liked it
This book contained a lot of useful information. While I gotta say that compared to Michael Grunwald's "The Swamp" it was in some ways... even more boring. Don't get me wrong yet I gave it 3 stars for a reason, and that is... It made me think. I like thinking. I like books that are educational. I just often wish they were more... entertaining. What scares me, is my brain has been trying to coax me into reading it again... NOOO...
I know for giving a book three stars you'd think I would be more
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Craig Pittman
Mar 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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The definitive book on the nation's wetlands protection laws and why they have fallen short. Won third place in the Rachel Carson Book Award contest sponsored by the Society of Environmental Journalists, and recommended by Carl Hiaasen: "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 wh ...more
Leigh
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a disturbing and detailed account of the devastation of Florida's natural resources. Just when I finished the book, I received a mailer advertising a new development in Apollo Beach. All I could think of was how many acres of wetland were destroyed for this travesty, never to be replaced. This book should be required reading for all of our legislators.
Enrico
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Appalling.
Ryan
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Can only make you angry at how much people pray to money and screw the environment.
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Craig Pittman is the author of "Oh, Florida! How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country," a timely and hilarious look at how the Sunshine State became the Punch Line State, and yet still manages to secretly influence people all across the country. He's also written "The Scent of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal, and the World's Most Beautiful Orchid," (2012) which delves into the wild ...more