ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Orange County District 4 Commissioner Maribel Gomez Cordero, Orange County District 5 Commissioner Emily Bonilla, Osceola County District 1 Commissioner Peggy Sandoval Choudhry and Orange Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor Daisy Morales jointly celebrated Florida Gopher Tortoise Day at Split Oak Forest in Narcoossee Wednesday. The four gathered with supporters–and even a couple of superheroes–to love on the gopher tortoise and learn more about it as well as Split Oak Forest.
Split Oak Forest is marked for large residential development, but environmental activists have reached out to their elected officials, including the three women in attendance as well as former Orange Soil & Water Conservation District Board Chair Eric Rollings, to raise awareness about the area in a fervent effort to preserve it. As long as a tortoise lives on the site, developers cannot build on it, hence the significance of day.
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