Wanna buy a piece of swamp?


This development of regional impact has sprouted two houses in eight years. Now someone thinks putting up a gate to make it more exclusive will spur sales.
The difference between a swamp and a marsh is that a swamp has trees.

Stakeholder’s Response

There is something peculiar about responding to a public notice seeking public comment on a proposal by a public agency to dispense with the normal procedure for seeking public review of its enterprise. Even more peculiar is to have one’s response forwarded to the entity seeking exemption and then being cautioned as follows:

Privileged/Confidential Information may be contained in this message. If you are not the addressee indicated in this message (or responsible for delivery of the message to such person), you may not copy or deliver this message to anyone. In such case, you should destroy this message and kindly notify the sender by reply email. Opinions, conclusions and other information in this message that do not relate to the official business of the Jekyll Island Authority shall be understood as neither given nor endorsed by it.

Since Jekyll Island belongs to the citizens of Georgia, on whose behalf the Jekyll Island Authority has been chartered to manage this asset, it will be interesting to see which “opinions, conclusions and other information in this message … do not relate to the official business of the Jekyll Island Authority” even though it was sent out in the Authority’s name.

I shall attempt to respond to the missive paragraph by paragraph, or even line by line, if it seems appropriate.
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On Pleasure and Power and Paternity

Pleasure, power and paternity minus obligation equal predatory behavior. It is in obligation that the social connection resides — giving something back for what is taken. Without obligation we are left with nothing but exploitation and eventual extermination.
Any species can drive itself to extinction by eradicating the resources it needs to survive. The knowledge that each individual faces extinction regardless does not result in changed behavior. A vindictive person may well welcome the deluge.

Public Notices to mislead?

One has to wonder. After a while a persistent pattern of mistakes begins to look intentional. The last time a hearing for this project was noticed, there were several mistakes in the application and after they were pointed out, the public hearing was canceled at the last minute. Now it’s being re-noticed, but for a much larger area (over three thousand acres) and the information in the advertisement is misleading and incomplete.
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