How does that happen? Mostly, it’s the result of a mixture of hubris and inadvertence. Humans, stuck on themselves, think they know it all. Others are convinced “all it takes is the idea” (the ExxonMobil slogan) and, as it was in the beginning, man says the word and nature is obedient.
Fortunately, the age of electronics has made it possible to virtually eliminate inadvertence. We can look ahead and simulate what will happen, if we repeat the mistakes of the past. That’s what James Holland is doing with the various projects at Cannon’s Point in the marshes on the coast of Georgia. Holland is superimposing the planned erection of a monster dock in a little tidal creek to demonstrate how erosion will occur, just as it did before. The only difference is that when the site was a fish camp, people fished for a living. What’s being proposed as the Cannon’s Point Preserve is an eco-park for edu/tainment purposes. That’s where the good intentions come in. (more…)
If you feel even a tiny twinge of guilt for ignoring the pleadings of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee let me relieve you of it. For, while electing Democrats to do our bidding in Washington is obviously desirable, politicians ought not to be involved in the selection of their colleagues.They can argue that they need the votes, but history has provided no evidence that lock-step voting is beneficial. Well, except for the careers of politicians whose longevity in office is crucial because they don’t know what else to do with themselves. (more…)
Conservation easements require on-going stewardship by entities such as Land Trusts — i.e.they provide a constant stream of revenue and income for a cadre of middlemen (accountants, lawyers, surveyors, appraisers). The Saint Simons Land Trust, for example, pays out $200,000 annually for five conservation easements. On the other hand, the development value of land, established by appraisers (also middlemen) rather than actual sales, can be donated and claimed as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes. That’s a benefit derived at someone else’s expense. A free good, so to speak. And a two-fee. Exemption from local taxes makes it a triple treat. (more…)
An admission. When I use the letters USA to refer to that part of the North American continent that is not Canada and definitely distinct from Central and South, it is in recognition of my sense of not being a part and, to be honest, glad of it. Who would want to be a part of the fearful glop much of the melting pot has become?
But, to answer a question on Kos about how it happened, read on. (more…)
There is a slight augmentation with a contextual introduction for the Dailykos readership. Also, it should be noted that the appended Youtube video seem to show that the damage to the shoreline is recent and perhaps the result of having removed the old docks carelessly.
This image from the Southeastadventures video of the old dock at Taylor’s Fish Camp seems to show much more high marsh extending far past the tree line. The shore restoration being planned by the “Preserve” is to cover up what they destroyed. Besides, Cannon’s Point property ends at the shoreline. Sea Island Acquisitions owns the marsh and the creek. If SIA wants another dock, let them get the permit and admit it’s for a commercial operation. All of this eleemosynary pretense is sickening.
The Lord sent a little gully washer to the Reserve at Demere and then he James Holland to take a gander. They left the goose at home and it’s now her job to prick the conscience of some bureaucrats. I won’t name them, but I could. They know who they are and what they should do. (more…)
It is probably also worth mentioning that this selling of licenses to hunt struck the Board of Assessment of Glynn County as inconsistent with the organization’s tax-exempt status and they lifted it. Also, eight hours of public access on the weekends seems a bit stingy, especially since the residents of the adjacent estates can access the preserve 24 hours a day, as long as they remember the combination.
There’s a mania for gated communities around Georgia that’s really quite unhealthy.
Turns out the State of Georgia is pretty big on putting stuff online; keeping it all updated, not so much. So, for example, the Coastal Water Management Plan hasn’t been updated since 2011. Maybe whoever sold them all those computers and software promised the upkeep would be cheap. The reality is that, whether they’re electronic or paper, documents take a long time to review and digest. Never mind adding new information. (more…)