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.
While it is good news that Georgia’s Properties Commission has entered into a lease for the dredging in public waters and the lease is subject to being ended, if the conditions of the permit from the Shore Protection Committee are not met, the arrangement will be active for ten years, if all the conditions are met and there is no-one to speak on behalf of the wildlife that’s going to be compressed and tilled and relocated whenever a high tide scours the shore, as it inevitably will. Indeed, if James Holland’s pictures are to be believed, the tide took back a good bit of the sand before the required bathymetric analysis could be complete. The rock piles, including construction debris, are another matter. It is no wonder the fish and wildlife service objected. Although the agreement states that the purpose of this project is to serve wildlife and recreational purposes, the surf around these rock piles is inhospitable, to say the least.
We are told that just three human footsteps in the same place are sufficient to compress the soil and kill of the microorganisms that live there. What then is the effect of bulldozers driving back and forth each year to redistribute the sand wind and waves have moved away?
We are often instructed that our public agencies should be run like businesses and here in Georgia that seems to be the routine. But nobody mentions that we are the number one state for business because the private sector profits off our public assets and the public pays the cost in terms of resources lost. And the turtles who are given special consideration are, at best, very temporary visitors.