FKAA and FDEP don't seem to get it. So a formal legal challenge to the shallow well permits has been filed by two of our neighbors, Mike Laudicina from Big Pine and Don DeMaria, from Summerland, both commercial fishermen and experts in our local waters.

Caron Balkany, from Big Torch, is the personal attorney for the two petitioners challenging the shallow wells, and has contributed her legal services without charge. Donald Maynard, P.E, C.G., Big Pine Key resident, is contributing his expert witness testimony as a hydrogeologist and engineer, also at no charge. Brian Lapointe, Ph.D., marine biologist and Big Pine Key resident, has also donated many hours of expert witness time to the legal challenge.

 Dr. Todd Kincaid, a well respected hydrogeologist and cave diver, has  offered his services at public interest rates.

 ​​These contributions have considerably decreased the need for fund raising. But funds are still required for costs such as depositions needed to continue the legal challenge to the shallow wells.