Tag Archives: Sea Island Acquisition

Trashy Is as Trashy Does

Dear Friends of SLEAT:

It did not occur to me until recently that the pejorative “poor white trash,” might be used to make a distinction from “rich white trash.” But, given the evidence, it’s hard not to conclude that, whatever the income level, trashy behavior is a constant. Here in the Golden Isles, it’s not just the causeways and roadways and beaches that are regularly trashed by visitors and transients. While paper mills and power plants pollute air and water, our stellar tourist industry turns the land, marshes and beaches into dumps, albeit behind Potemkin-like fences, screens and walls.
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Two Against One

When the Shore Protection Committee of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources voted in December of 2015 to grant a permit for the construction of a groin/breakwater and a dune in waters of the state and on a public beach, the vote was two to one, because one member was absent and the Commissioner of Natural Resources, Mark Williams, only votes in case of a tie. If the members of the staff who processed the application for a permit, including 99 comments in opposition from citizens and other agency experts in natural resource preservation, were looking for back-up from their chief, they were disappointed.
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Feeding the Press

While it would be unethical to try to influence a potential witness in a trial, there is nothing to preclude providing supplementary information to the press, which is, of course, expected to validate the accuracy of information. Ergo my communication to the local reporter covering the administrative hearing of the challenge to the permit issued to Sea Island Acquisition by the Georgia Shore Protection Committee in December of 2015.
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Bad Neighbor

Selfish, self-centered people make lots of demands. Generous people are often inclined to let them have their way. We assume that the self-centered will be satisfied. But that’s wrong. Some people are obviously of the “give them a little finger, they’ll take the whole hand” variety. So, eventually, the only sane response is “enough is enough.” That’s been the sense all over the country lately and the Georgia coast is no exception. But, our new editor of the Brunswick News is still in the generous mode that’s prompted the following editorial:
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Chutzpah on Sea Island, Georgia?

#4-8333---12-4-13 The Spit Pre Construction
Is it chutzpah or wishful thinking for the CEO of Sea Island Acquisition, LLC to brag to the press that the corporation could have built a hundred condos on those eroding ocean front acres–7 acres whose segmentation into 8 house lots is now being contested by environmental groups and neighbors? Or maybe the acquisitors are regretting that they didn’t move quicker to take advantage of Glynn County’s poor planning back in 2004 when it was still honoring earlier decisions to allow 30 beds to the acre on land zoned for resorts. And that without even requiring that proper utilities be in place!
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