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Anschutz’ Folly

Why is the state of Georgia letting an Anschutz corporation, headquartered in arid Colorado, litter our Atlantic shore with granite rubble and disrupt the surf with yet another rock pile, aka groin? Is it because anyone willing to waste money in Georgia is welcome? Are we that hard up?

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74 Years an Evacuee

The first time I was evacuated was in early 1942, at the age of nine months. The allies bombing the German City of Aachen every night had become too traumatic, so my mother took her babe and fled to the Austrian Alps.

So, I spent the next three years in this rustic farm building: two rooms and a veranda and outhouse on the second floor; wood storage, bake oven and chicken coop on the first; no electricity; no running water.


Last night I slept in a metal storage shed because the house we are rehabbing on the mainland had just been sprayed with foam insulation and wasn’t fit to stay in. Well, that’s not the entire reason. Had I been willing to show my identification papers to the authorities, I could have returned with my spouse to Saint Simons Island when it “re-opened.” But, that’s not something I can do.
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Flooding in Glynn County

If one takes the Brunswick-Altamaha Canal into account, then Brunswick is also an island, the Queen of the Golden Isles. When the Canal was dug, the area to the west was identified as the Great Swamp. A century of ditching and draining to promote the growing of pines has not changed the basic characteristics of the soils, which have a corrosive effect on concrete and steel. That is, they are not suitable for much building. Moreover, the mixture of clay and sand leads to alternate cracking and swelling, as we can see on our roads and paved parking lots.

The thin edge of the wedge.

Disputed quarter acre off S. Harrington

Disputed quarter acre off S. Harrington

In offering to trade this wedge of dirt for a third of the road, P & M Cedar Products was looking to acquire road access to marsh and wetlands that, for some reason, are still partially zoned for residential development. How did that happen? Well, if Hannah’s Marsh is an example, planners simply concluded, from maps, that tall trees signal high land when, in actuality, they’re swamps. Which also explains why, all over Saint Simons Island, we’re losing trees to development when the builders discover that they have to haul in several feet of fill-dirt to get up out of the water.
Anyway, the lawyer’s spiel was/is unconvincing.

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