Good evening Mr. Mayor and members of the Brunswick City Commission.
I am Monica Smith, also known as Hannah the blogger. I frequently refer to myself as an agitator, and today I am here in an agitated state — agitated by the decrepit condition into which our waterfront has been allowed to fall by agents of government who have proved poor custodians of our assets and resources. Continue reading →
Glynn County, Georgia, already has a name for it, but, apparently, not the will. So, we’ll need a little prodding to resurrect the Brunswick/Altamaha Canal into a living waterway to delight the people living along its length and attract visitors to its banks. The Georgia Times Union story on today’s front page is a start: Continue reading →
In anticipation of a Joe Biden candidacy, I’ve set up a Facebook account for Sidney Lanier, in addition to the Google Plus group for the Sidney Lanier Environmental Advocacy Team (SLEAT). Since the latter, albeit a not for profit corporation registered in Georgia, is not and has not applied for a tax exemption, we are free to be politically active and I certainly intend to be. Sidney Lanier has a slew of friends in New Hampshire, most of whom seem to be Bernie Sanders supporters at present.
Look for the rose.
Apparently, Ms. Susan Shipman, the former Director of the Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia DNR (stands for “do not respect/rescue/respond”–take your pick), has no shame. Why else would she request and accept a stream/marsh buffer variance from her former colleagues and then go over their heads to argue that the conditions under which the variance was granted should be ignored because they are impractical?
Going through Georgia EPD files provided in response to a GORA request, one gets the impression that the bureaucracy prefers to interpret “public records” as communications various departments have received from the public — not the records they generate in pursuit of their supposed service to the public. In part, that’s because record keeping is apparently not a Georgia government strong point. As a result, for example, we have the head of the water protection branch sending out monthly listings of variances they’ve granted to public and private entities, rather than any inspection reports that might validate or invalidate the issuance of the variance or permit in the first place.
However, I will admit that I’ve been shown and given an opportunity to go through five or six folders of files for one of our local polluters and expect to gorge on those tomorrow.