Defending Florida’s Ecosystems and Communities

The Everglades Law Center is a nonprofit public interest law firm dedicated to preserving the natural landscape of Florida. We advocate, negotiate, and when necessary, litigate to protect Florida’s special places.


You Should Know

“This is the quintessential camel’s nose under the tent,’’ said Lisa Interlandi, ELC Senior Counsel, in response to a proposal for industrial development in western Palm Beach County.  Thanks to ELC’s strong position, and public outcry, the County Commission voted to oppose this westward development.  Approval would have been the beginning of the end of agricultural in the Glades. Read more at



New on the Shelf

ELC provides comments to the Monroe County Commission on its proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendments.  Read our Comments here.


Current Challenges

Read how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ misguided plans to dredge Lake Worth Inlet may significantly impact endangered species, recreation, and local fisheries.  Letter to Corps, NMFS, and USFWS >> Final EIS Comments


Mark Your Calendar

On August 7-9, the ELC team will be participating in the Florida Bar Environment and Land Use Law Section Annual Update in Amelia Island. Our General Counsel, Jason Totoiu, will be moderating the critical panel discussion on Sea Level Rise.

Of note…

A massive rock mine should not be allowed to eat up Palm Beach County farmland that was once part of the Everglades, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday, August 7, 2013.

The decision by Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals stops U.S. Sugar Corp. from turning 7,000 acres of its farmland south of Lake Okeechobee into a rock mine.

The ruling was another big victory for environmental groups who have now used the courts to foil plans for at least three rock mining operations, which they argued threatened Everglades restoration.

“It’s a big victory for the Everglades,” said Lisa Interlandi, an attorney for the Everglades Law Center. “This area is intended to remain agricultural and to be available for Everglades restoration.”

Between 2006 and 2010, Palm Beach County approved new or expanded rock mining on 20,000 acres of western farmland, despite environmental concerns.

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