Feds declare 300 miles of Florida beaches critical habitat for loggerheads

July 9, 2014 10:14 PM

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Feds declare 300 miles of Florida beaches critical habitat for loggerheads

In a move likely to affect the building of new sea walls, federal officials Wednesday announced that they had designated hundreds of miles of beaches in Florida and six other states as critical habitat for loggerhead sea turtles.

The areas designated for the turtles stretch from North Carolina to Mississippi and encompass 84 percent of all known loggerhead nesting areas. However, the announcement from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration did not include any of Pinellas Co...

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