FL - 500 mangroves illegally slashed in Wilbur-By-The-Sea, officials say

According to the Mangrove Act, for every illegally altered mangrove tree, Volusia County can impose up to $250 in fines.

Wilbur-by-the-Sea includes street after street of finely manicured lawns, often accented with brightly colored flowers and decorations. Boats and well-maintained cars dot the driveways of S. Peninsula Drive.

But residents are upset by what they call an ugly sight marring their idyllic view of the Halifax River. Where mangrove trees once stood 8 feet high there is now a swath of cut branches for several hundred feet, evidence that trimmers recently chainsawed through the area at the waist.

Approximately 500 mangrove trees along the Halifax River in Wilbur-By-The-Sea were illegally cut in a form of “significant non-compliance,” Florida Department of Environmental Protection officials confirmed last week. They added that those responsible could be paying six-figure fines.

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