Once the tortoise raced the hare. Now it has a more abstract opponent in the form of economic development.

Just ask residents in the Las Vegas area, where new home owners are required to pay a $500 "tortoise mitigation fee" to finance habitant for desert tortoise displaced by commercial growth.

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