A showdown is brewing near Port Mayaca in Martin County as a group of environmental protesters are camping out for a second night tonight demanding access to a natural swamp on land owned by Florida Power and Light Co.
“If they don’t open the swamp, we will cross the tracks and risk arrest,” said Peter Shultz of Hobe Sound, a member of Everglades Earth First. The Barley Barber Swamp is on property FPL uses for its power-generation plant west of Indiantown. Once open to the public for tours, the 450-acre swamp was closed after Sept. 11, 2001 for security concerns, FPL officials said.
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