iEables land on builder,
th lawa comes down
I birds. The prosecutor said Fed-
ders should be made an example
'.or other developers who would
*destroy animal habitats for quick
fed" lbor cash.
disturbing a ma eglegitht, a So cash.
asota ral tate developer comn- U.S. Magistrate Elizabeth A.
planned that he, not the Jenkins noted that federal sen-
Sendangered birds, w as e victim. tencing guidelines make no provi-
Stephen M. Fedders said t sion for stiffer penalties.
After construction was nearly She fined Fedders $4,000 and
percent completed, a pair of ordered his company to pay
gles decided to take up residence $20,000. Fedders also must per-
SIn one of the few trees at his $9 form 100 hours of community ser-
Smillion Braden River Lake subdi- vice in a wildlife protection
State wildlife officials forced
him to devote 40 of the develop- Fedders and his company, Flo-
ment's 176 acres as a preserve, tlla Inc., pleaded guilty to mlsde-
which he says makes it economic meanor charges of tearing down
ally impossible to finish or sell the nest on Dec. 28, 1987. His plea
the project agreement called for no jail time.
Pedders said he donates to Fedders and his partner, Joe
wildlife groups and considers him- Lettelleir, testified at the sentenc-
self an environmentalist he ing that they had little choice but
even called his veterinar atit to te to try to evict the eagles because
tify about Fedders' love ofraltals stopping work would have doomed
but he said the state's demands the development.
Save driven him to the brink of "We were on a tight schedule
bankruptcy. with a project without any alterna-
But a federal proeentor was tive plans," Fedders said.
appalled that Fedders qt himself Lettelleir was given immunity
as the victim, arguing tat he was in exchange for his testimony be-
trying to mislead the judge about.
his concern for the endangered See BUILDER, Page 11B
Builder says h
* PM Page 3B
o .W a.Wglpd ury. -We had jumped
hr4.hoops getting eanstruction
aundwr a) udt la ttenet clock is
stlui c he told the judge.
at pl6meou tUpped the state
S Wter fNiesh Com-
rebalt elroe and the
9's th victim ey one of their
Subcontractors repeatedly told them
about the nest as much as two
90 of the 181 lots in the project and months e
makes many more inaccessible. He Grady an, a patrol supervi-
said sales contracts had been signed sor with the state wildlife commis-
on most of those parcels, sion,, said ,tht one of Fedders'
Fedders denied that he ordered employees told him that the devel.
the nest destroyed, saying he only oper offered hlm $100 to push the
told his employees to coqtInue to tree over wit a bulldozer and that
work near the tree where the eagles Pedders earler had harassed the
were perched in hopes of frighten- birds ftrm ~em er nest on Flotilla
ing them away. \ ro pert,
Both partners said .4 don't J edei *,wosecutors and state
know who rocked the tI-rwith a wildlife 01 rs sald their aecles
bulldozer or scaled the sne and are willi to work with developers
ripped the nest to the rou to protect idangered species but
Fedders and Lettelleirltd they Feddesa d Lettellelr decided to
did not notice any eagles .atll De- 'detry tL6he-ast before considering
cember 1987. But O .cross\ th er