Dear Friends of SLEAT:

Lest you think I’ve been silent for over three weeks because of some great distressing event, let me assure you it was just a matter of spilling a little beer on my lap top with the SLEAT addresses that sent the machine back to the Apple shop. Hurricane Matthew had put the local techs temporarily out of commission.

In the mean time, we’ve had a tremendous turnout for the election in Glynn County (76.9%) by our registered voters and I am pleased to report the Puddy was not employed. So, now we can continue to dog the Glynn County Commission unfettered. Upcoming issues are the giving away of three acres of high land along the Altamaha Canal to expand an intrusive dead storage facility and surface mining in the old Altama Plantation tract (ZM 3370) to be heard by the Mainland Planning Commission on Dec.6th.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has announced an intent to revise storm water management regulations for industrial installations.
It would be good if more frequent testing of the effluent for water quality were initiated. Also good would be a reconsideration of protecting only receiving waters that are already “impaired.” Imagine if industrial sites were part of the general clean-up process!

As you may have heard, development in Glynn County is being slowed by the failure to replace departed staff in a timely manner. But, even closer attention will be required, since over-worked people are more likely to make mistakes.
Oddly enough, a plea from Wild Cumberland (http://wildcumberland.org) answers a question about what happened to the Glynn County Head of Planning and Zoning. Eric Landon seems to have moved on to Camden County and is now overseeing a residential subdivision on Cumberland Island. Seems like the last wild places on the Georgia Coast are attracting trophy hunters as if they were lions or rhinos.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Matthew and subsequent king tides have taken a bite out of the Sea Island Spit. The old borrow pit now has a sand beach.

Perhaps under new ownership the Sea Island Resort will do better with maintenance and repairs. Dumping concrete rubble doesn’t cut it.