Dear James Holland,
Thank you for catching this beautifully composed picture mixing the old and the new—and the shape of things to come. You have a little bit of everything in this image: the old style family farm compound on the right, the corner of the airport property in the upper right hand corner, the wooded area along the historic canal that the Future Land Use Map identifies as industrial, parts of two suburban developments at the top and bottom, and the muddy clearing in the middle that looks like some kind of wound or disease creeping toward the old family compound—and Hannah’s Dead End Oak Hammock Retreat in the lower center.
THE RESULT OF STRIPPING VEGETATION
Thirty pieces of copper seem like a come-down from thirty pieces of silver. But then, that’s the price of a cubic yard of sand, not of the life of a man. Yes, thirty cents is what the socialist U.S. State of Georgia expects to deposit in the till for every one of 2.3 million cubic yards of “beach quality” sand the Sea Island Corporation is having pumped up onto the beach from off-shore. The whole document can be found by clicking here.
James Holland was on the case, but it did no good. Now the only thing left is to rely on publicity.
Good Afternoon Mr. Rutlin, USACOE
This e-mail is being written by me (James R. Holland), retired Altamaha Riverkeeper® and a full time resident of Georgia. My background is in Commercial Fisheries and as a veteran of nine (9) years in the United States Marine Corps. I have devoted my last years to the protection of our freshwater wetlands, salt marshes and coastal areas, which includes but is not limited to Georgia’s Beaches and sand dunes (Sand Sharing System). Please accept this e-mail with attachments as an official complaint about the beach and groin renourishment project on Sea Island, Georgia. My concerns will be explained in the attachments.
Mr. Rutlin, by this e-mail I am requesting that the USACOE investigate this site in the Sea Island dunes beach renourishment project to determine if violations of a Federal Permit are occurring or have occurred. If it is found that the dunes and other areas are being violated I am requesting that the USACOE intervene and cause the violators to correct and restore any area where public property on this site has been harmed… This would also include the LOP issued by the CRD that destroyed dune vegetation and fragmented the dune there by interfering with the all critical sand sharing system. This LOP caused the renourishment company to violate the original USACOE document.
Thank you very much..
James R. Holland
James wants the marshes to be protected from man-made disturbance and the developers want the marshes, at best, to protect their structures from the water. What do the regulators want? To collect fees and go to nice conferences with the developers.
When one initiates a civil suit, and a suit against a state agency for failing to do its job would be civil, if the suit is not dismissed as frivolous out of hand, the plaintiff is entitled to posit interrogatories to the defendant entity. Interrogatories serve the dual purpose of providing information to the plaintiff and an opportunity for the defense to provide exculpatory evidence. Statutory requirements to provide information are partly designed to prevent unnecessary legal action clogging the courts. On the other hand, if it turns out that appropriate records are not being kept by public officials, that in itself is evidence of negligence and may provide grounds for judicial intervention.