The City of Brunswick in Glynn County, Georgia, rather than admit it is wrong to butcher the vegetation along the side of the road, has doubled down. “See, it wasn’t wrong. And to prove it, we’re going to do it again. Besides, the Coastal Resources Division of the Department of Natural Resources has given us permission.”
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, our conservative champion of the rule of law, has helpfully explained that “the issuance of a permit is not a matter of grace.” That is, the issuers of permits have no choice but to issue what’s requested, if the desired information (usually it is just information that a bureaucracy finds it useful to collect) has been provided, then the permit must be issued. That’s because the action or behavior being considered is presumed to be good, as is all behavior by individual citizens. Indeed, that’s the presumption of the whole United States Constitution — individual behavior is good, unless it is proved to have been (note the past tense) injurious to someone else or bad. Obviously, there would be no reason to deny good behavior. (Which is why efforts to deny single qualified adults permits to marry are being declared un-Constitutional all over the country).
Once upon a time it took thirty pieces of silver to sell out a man. Now, in the electronic age, when all precious metals have been replaced by paper or electric currencies, millions of people, some not yet born, can be sold out for next to nothing. That’s progress.
Some people work to conserve the environment and to prevent further pollution and degradation of the organisms that make up the basic web of life. Others are content to simply exclude their fellow man. Still others promote financial interests by making some lands inaccessible, thereby increasing the market value of what’s left. The latter are the new face of segregation, providing evidence that exclusion is both not necessarily sectarian and may well, as Goerge Wallace promised in 1963, last forever.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources also classifies our coastal estuaries and beaches as “recreational waters.” What that means is that the fish aren’t fit to eat on a regular basis, the shrimp are probably contaminated and the only thing the waters are really good for is zooming around on motor boats and yachts.
You’d almost think our state agencies consider the citizens to be out for nothing but frivolity. Never mind living off the land and raising a family.
Trapping is a lazy, cowardly enterprise. However, its promotion by agencies of the state provides more evidence that Georgia is a socialist state. Killing wildlife for sport is one equivalent of the Romans throwing Christians and Pagans to the lions. Killing people with lethal injections is another.
Half the fun is watching them die slowly, don’t you know?
Georgia Department of Natural Resources Board meeting continues with presentations on wildlife conservation and promoting species diversity in the oceans by dumping military surplus and subway cars. Our state agencies seem to have succumbed to form over function in the interest of catering to man’s baser instincts.
Georgia Department of Natural Resources Board meeting on the coast. Judson Turner, Director of the Environmental Protection Division, discusses water issues, including Aquifer Storage and Recovery. His mantra is that permitting is site-specific without any apparent awareness of the fact that water, like wildlife, does not stay in one place.
Judson Turner, Director of the Environmental Protection Division discusses water issues, including the law suit by Florida, the future of the Soil and Water Conservation Commission and the dam inspection program. Also addressed is the responsibility of dam owners for the negative effects of a breach on downstream properties and populations, even when the development occurred after the erection of the dam. Local zoning should keep development out of the flood plain, but it doesn’t.
Surely you remember that staff has responded to your previous emails regarding these issues but you may not be aware of current efforts that staff have undertaken by working with Sea Island, as we would with any responsible person/landowner, to rectify violations of laws that fall within the purview of this program.
Though I am not providing details to you, and I am sure that you would like more, suffice it to say for me that there is work in progress that is being undertaken to resolve matters there consistent with law.
So many ‘p’ words!
Since each applies to what the Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee in Georgia is about, it’s hard to know where to start.
So, let me focus on privilege, doling out favors to special people (people who can pay for permits and call on friends in high places), permitting the exclusive use of our resources by shutting other people out. In this case, the application by the eleemosynary Cannon’s Point cohort for permission to construct a bulkhead and a dock, what’s perhaps most objectionable is the deception being perpetrated by the Sea Island Acquisitions people. For, it is their ownership claim to the marshes surrounding Cannon’s Point which is being perversely affirmed by letting a public body pretend to be in charge. Private property is the leis majesty of the 21st Century.
Why we the people still accord preference to ownership of property over the rights of persons, including Mother Nature, is the question. You’d think that having gotten over the ownership of persons, the rationale for giving special deference to private property would be gone. But, as George W. Bush rightly observed, the US of A is an ownership society and ownership without obligation is what’s valued most highly of all.
By rights, if protecting resources, rather than doling out privilege, were the issue, it’s Sea Island Acquisitions that should be bringing a petition to erect yet another obstruction in the marshes and harm the organism that live there in the process. SIA should be making the argument for reasonable harm. Instead, as usual, this public corporation is letting someone else do the dirty work.
Why we the people let them get away with that is perhaps the biggest question. Why do we authorize artificial bodies and then let them lay waste to the nation? Why not make them discharge their obligations; to preserve what they claim to own?
It’s a sucker play.
“Don’t pee on me and tell me it’s raining!”
Because the regulators aren’t focused on the environment, but on the humans who might be inclined to interact with it. If humans promise to be good, they can get away with crap.