Pdf files are designed to be hard to copy so they aren’t easy to edit or otherwise tamper with. So, the link above leads to what the Georgia Department of Natural Resources produced in response to an open records request. As usual, the information provided is not complete. So, I have posed the following questions to the person in charge of responding to GORA requests: Continue reading →
As documented by our very own flying Dutchman, James Holland, during the “king tide” at the end of October.
Calling the marsh “dry” is somewhat deceptive — the kind of visual deception that led the Spanish soldiers to ride in and lose their lives in what was then dubbed and will be known forever as “Bloody Marsh.” Even when there is no standing water, the soils are saturated and give way like quicksand underfoot. Continue reading →
Why should we care that buyers, who don’t “beware,” are likely to be sold under-water lots by SIA PROPCO II, the new incarnation of Sea Island Acquisitions? Why should we care that construction through the tidal marshes and dunes is going on apace without any permits from the LIA (Local Issuing Authority) that’s tasked with insuring structural soundness and the protection of the fragile shore and dune environment? Because, Clynn County officials, having been informed of illegal activities going on within their jurisdiction, can no longer plead ignorance and are now liable for any damage to life and property that results from their negligence. Willful ignorance pretty much writes finis to immunity. Continue reading →
Much of the Southland remains antagonistic towards Washington, the seat of our national government, and, while some of the antagonism is historic, present day interference with state and local control refreshes the animus on a regular basis. That this interference might be inadvertent, prompted by special interests, who have perfected the art of playing our agents of government off against each other–in this case the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers against the County of Glynn in the State of Georgia–seems worth considering.
Since the Corps is tasked with supervising our navigable waterways, it is reasonable for the agency to issue permits for the construction of potential impediments to navigation within its jurisdiction. But, as everyone knows who’s researched such permits, as well as permits issued by the EPA and state agencies managing our natural resources, every permit comes with a warning that it does not obviate the need to secure permits from local public safety agencies, including building, fire and utility inspectors.
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.
Why are there so many bankruptcies in the United States? Because we reward failure. We provide care when people are gravely ill and heap honors on the dead. Success is touted, but it’s hardly rewarded in any material sense. We don’t even elect the most successful people to public office. Willard Romney having been promoted up and out was not an anomaly. Continue reading →