Settlement helps protect sea turtles

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Sea turtle conservationists are hailing a federal lawsuit settlement reached Wednesday, which they say gives the endangered species more protection in light of increased coastal development.

The settlement comes as a report released Wednesday by the Sea Turtles Conservancy in Gainesville outlines additional moves to safeguard turtles from further harm.

Under the agreement, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which grants flood insurance subsidies to coastal properties and developments that can