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Miccosukee Tribe members protest plans for a biking path across the Florida Everglades


MIAMI — Some Native Americans are protesting plans for a bike path across Florida's Everglades.

Betty Osceola of the Miccosukee Tribe and Bobby Billie of the Panther Clan of the Miccosukee Simanolee Nation have led a nearly weeklong march along the route proposed for a biking and hiking trail alongside a highway that cuts across the wetlands.

Osceola tells The Miami Herald ( ) that the path from Miami-Dade County into Collier County "opens the door to more development in the Everglades."

Others who joined the march expected to end Thursday call the path "a desecration."

County officials planning the bike path say it will offer a green, more intimate entry into the vast wilderness. It will be years before any construction starts, though. A feasibility study is expected to conclude this month.

Information from: The Miami Herald,

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