8-16-19 SLEAT Letter

Dear Friends of SLEAT:

Dave Kyler weighs in with a timely message:

Facts are stubborn things, essential to our survival

The public must be consistently, thoroughly enlightened about dangerously mounting threats to the vital connections between environmental stability and human prospects – including public health, the economy, and food supplies.

Greenhouse gases ravage the Earth’s climate while fossil-fuels and toxic chemicals continue proliferating, as reckless US policies dismantle protections for forests, water quality, and endangered species.

Current trends and practices are a dystopic tribute to short-sighted opportunism and self-destructive negligence that brazenly defy facts and well-documented science.

What fools we mortals [can] be.

Although a well-informed public doesn’t guarantee successful political outcomes, in a genuine democracy they are impossible without it.

David Kyler, Center for a Sustainable Coast

Saint Simons Island, Georgia


As you have probably heard, an outfit named Twin Pines has applied for a permit to mine for titanium within a few miles of the Okefenokee Swamp and directly over the Floridan aquifer. While the Army Corps of Engineers had not proved much help in halting incursions into our marshes, swamps and fresh-water wetlands. Objections should be sent before September 12 to holly.a.ross@usace.army.mil with the application number (SAS-2018-00554) in the subject line. If reports from the public presentation are accurate, the proponents of the mining do not have much understanding of what lies underground.

So, I thought I’d share some examples of what Puddy Smith has extracted from the periphery of an old ditch on our property. All of those roots lay way underground beneath this majestic oak. In other words, this is the stuff that holds coastal Georgia in place. Even dead roots have their use.
While it is true that the area to be mined was burnt over a few years ago, the natural infrastructure was not affected. If mining equipment moves in, it will be.

Since people are definitely part of the environment, I should perhaps mention that the kerfuffle over sticking 24 homeless people into efficiency apartments on the corner of Norwich and First Avenue in Brunswick, because the elderly Gateway clients were being moved out, has temporarily been resolved. The Hand-in-Hand people are going to develop a business plan to serve the homeless and find a more suitable venue. Distinctive Housing Solutions has listed the property with Driggers Realty. What is commonly known as Harper’s Joy is a brick building listed on the National Register of Historic places and could easily serve as a convenient residential complex for people who can look after themselves or want to put up in a boutique hotel. If you have any suggestions, contact David Crews at Distinctive Housing Solutions (David Crews Their next board meeting will be in November.