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Wetland Tract

Chesapeake, VA: (Nov-07-07) The US government brought a lawsuit against the Bosher family, owners of Bosher Tract, also known as the Green Sea Farm, a 1,560-acre parcel in southern Chesapeake, alleging that they illegally dumped muck and dirt from ditches into ecologically important non tidal wetlands. The Bosher family stated that they had hired workers to clean out the farm ditches in 1999, and were not really contaminating the wetlands. The suit led to a long and contentious legal battle over one of the largest undeveloped tracts left in Chesapeake, highlighting the difficult balance of property rights and government protection of wetlands.

As part of a settlement reached, the government levied a $65,000 penalty against Elwood Perry, a family friend and manager of the Bosher property, and a $35,000 fine against Frank Williams, a large land owner whose Virginia Beach-based company was farming the Bosher Tract. The Bosher's agreed to split their land in two, giving up about 870 acres that will be restored or converted into wetlands and preserved; the remainder will be left as is for potential development. [HAMPTON ROADS: WETLAND TRACT]

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Published on Nov-11-07


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