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St. Petersburg Resident Receives National Sierra Club Award

SAN FRANCISCO – Sept. 23, 2000 – St. Petersburg resident Peter Belmont was among those receiving national awards from the Sierra Club this year.

Belmont received a Special Service Award from the organization for his work with the Florida Chapter of the Sierra Club.

Belmont has served as Legal Chair and Wetlands Chair for the Florida Chapter for more than 15 years. He has been involved in a wide range of legal cases that have addressed wetlands protection, wetland mitigation, cement plants, phosphate mining operations, seaports, subdivisions, dairy farms, highways and bridges, wildlife habitat, and comprehensive growth management plans.

Belmont also has been involved with the Save the Manatee Club, a group fighting for statewide protections for the endangered Florida manatee; and Habitat for Bears, a coalition that is trying to protect the Florida black bear from loss of habitat due to development and mortality on highways.

His work also has resulted in adoption of a historic preservation ordinance, improved downtown redevelopment, and neighborhood preservation in St. Petersburg.

"Peter is highly respected and valued throughout the state as a committed, intelligent and knowledgeable environmental advocate," said Judy Hancock, Public Lands Chair for the Florida Chapter of the Sierra Club.

Belmont has previously received several awards for his work, including the Florida Wildlife Federation Award, the Save the Manatee Award, the Historical Preservation Award, and the Red Howell Legal Award from the Florida Chapter of the Sierra Club.

The Sierra Club, which was founded in 1892 by John Muir, is the country’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization. It currently has more than 600,000 members. For more information on the Florida Chapter of the Sierra Club visit their website at ,

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