Anarchists Claim Sabotage of Scripps Development: “We Spiked the Trees in the Briger Forest”
Fire Ant, Broward/Palm Beach New Times, June 26, 2014
In an effort to sabotage development of Briger Forest, the last major tract of undeveloped land along I-95 in Palm Beach County, an anonymous band of self-described anarchists claims to have booby-trapped “countless trees” in the area and to have vandalized the work of surveyors.
The clearing of Briger is tied to the local establishment’s idea that public investment in projects like the Scripps Research Institute will ultimately bring a flood of money and jobs to the area. (Meh.) Instead of wildlife, the suits see millions of square feet of biotech and office space, thousands of homes, a 300-room hotel, and assorted retail space. The developers’ plans — formally known as Alton PCD — have for years been the target of protests and legal action.