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Litigious group focused on biodiversity, endangered species opens Florida office

The Center for Biological Diversity helped secure federal Endangered Species Act protection in 2006 for staghorn coral. photo by Amanda Meyer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

An environmental group with a history of suing federal agencies over endangered species issues announced Thursday it is opening a Florida office.

The Center for Biological Diversity, based in Tucson, Ariz., says the office in St. Petersburg will help expand the group's role in fighting to conserve biodiversity in the Southeast.

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