Suffolk defends actions to protect wetlands from developers

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by Lucy Bustamante, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 1 at 7:21 PM

SUFFOLK--The City of Suffolk responded Friday to the accusation that it isn't doing enough to protect its precious wetlands from developers.

Developer Brian Large removed thousands of trees to make way for a new subdivision near the Nansemond River. 

The bare landscape infuriated Suffolk residents and environmental groups.

The Nansemond River Protection Alliance accused Suffolk of not doing enough to stop the developer from tearing out so many tress.

Suffolk City Planning Director Scott Mills told 13News Friday that they do enforce the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act. 

Mills added that he can't control whether someone wants to break the law and explained that Large removed the trees before he was permitted. 

Large, however, says he was fully permitted.

Large was cited criminally twice and in his compliance plan agreed to replant every tree he ripped out and to build a living shoreline to try and restore the ecosystem.

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