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Wetlands Question and Answer – State of Florida Reaction Time

Wetlands Question and Answer – State of Florida Reaction Time

Below, you will find a question I received from a concerned citizen.  I welcome all questions and I appreciate the opportunity to share the truth!cypress-wetland

Question: When I’ve spoken to some who plan to vote yes in November they state that it is because the state fails to react in time before irreversible damage is done to the wetlands. They feel that having the county ordinance in place helps ensure the state doesn’t drop the ball. I’ve really haven’t heard many say they buffer needs to be 75 feet. Just that something extra needs to be there to ensure preservation of our wetlands. What are your thoughts about the citizen’s concerns about the state dragging their feet and that being the reason why a county ordinance is needed?

Answer: Great question! This is a widespread real concern that many people have. None of us want to allow harm to the wetlands. I think the best way to answer your question is with a recent “real world” example. A few week ago, a complaint was called in about a Wakulla Citizen who was filling in wetlands on Shadeville Road, just south of Wakulla Springs. In less than 24 hours, I visited the site, unannounced, and found the following: a stop work order had been posted on site by the Wakulla County Planning Department, a staff member from the Wakulla Planning Department was onsite along with 4 State Inspectors from the Department of Environmental Protection and the North West Florida Water Management District. This clearly indicated that the State has the necessary resources and regulations to protect wetlands and is committed to enforcing these regulations. On the other side of this argument, I saw photos posted on Facebook of beavers in wetlands and excavation equipment filling in wetlands. These photos were posted with the announcement of this alleged “wetlands violation” even though the photos were taken somewhere else in the world. A concerned person would assume the photos were related to this incident and tend to be appalled. Unfortunately, this deception is not accidental, but it is the reason why good people are afraid to trust that the state is doing it’s job. Personally, when someone tries to deceive me for the benefit of furthering their agenda it’s not hard to come to the conclusion that I need to do the opposite. I simply want everyone to know the truth. Good people will make good decision if they are given the undistorted truth!

A yes vote on Referendum A will impose duplicate Government Regulations.  If this new ordinance is imposed on the citizens of Wakulla County, the ordinance can only be changed by a unanimous vote of all County Commissions or by referendum of Wakulla County Voters. 

A NO vote on Referendum A will eliminate this threat.

You now know the truth. Your friends and family deserve to know the truth also. Please share with everyone you know, by Facebook, email, and personal conversations. Also leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

Vote NO6


3 Responses to “Wetlands Question and Answer – State of Florida Reaction Time”

  1. aaron parsons says:

    Anyone who know the people behind this referendum know it has nothing to do with wetlands but everything to do with property rights and regulations to slow or stop any and all development in a rural county
    Aaron Parsons

  2. Kathleen Lamarche says:

    Thanks telling the TRUTH. There’s been way too much obfuscation and hyperbole by the wetlands alliance group (aka Citizens Against Virtually Everything).

  3. Tim Jordan says:

    How much government can our little county stand ? How much government can Wakulla County afford? It's like buying two insurance policies for one thing.

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