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SJRWMD fines Park, Bark and Fly $200K for wetland destruction

Park, Bark and Fly was fined $200,000 Tuesday for illegal wetlands destruction last year, an amount that matches a previous penalty for the parking provider near Orlando International Airport.

The St. Johns River Water Management District board agreed to the penalty without discussion, capping an investigation opened earlier this year when the state agency learned that Park, Bark and Fly had secretly been bulldozing wetlands on its property since last May.

That unauthorized construction occurred as the district was deliberating the prior $200,000 fine, stemming from illegal wetlands destruction in 2005.

The pair of $200,000 fines are enmeshed in overlapping recent and historic activities, each with several specific violations cited by the water district. Park, Bark and Fly is on State Road 436 near Orlando International Airport.