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Grandpa, Tell Me About the Good Old Days

Grandpa, Tell Me About the Good Old Days



Mirriam Webster defines Grandfather Clause as:


Take a guess how many times the word Grandfather appears in the proposed Wetlands Ordinance.


Would you believe…



That's right!  No Grandfather Clause at all.  

In fact, Sec. 32.004. of the proposed ordinance states, "This chapter applies to all development, as defined in this chapter, that may occur within Wakulla County."

But, there are some exemptions…

Sec. 32.011. – Exemptions.

  1. The following activities are exempt from application of this chapter:
  1. Development activities conducted in the following, so long as they were not constructed in wetlands or other surface waters and do not intercept an aquifer: artifically constructed waterbodies, including canals, lakes, and ditches that are not hydrologically connected to wetlands or other surface waters or are not a part of a government-approved mitigation plan; swales; stormwater facilities; gravel pits; stone quarries; or wastewater treatment lagoons.

(2) Dredging and filling activities conducted within wetlands or other surface waters for which state and/or federal permits were issued for such purposes prior to the effective date of this chapter and which are still valid.

(3) Bona fide agricultural uses and silviculture activities, as well as any activity of a bona fide farm operation on land classified as agricultural land pursuant to F.S. § 193.461, if such activity is regulated through implemented best management practices, interim measures, or regulations developed by the department of environmental protection, the department of agriculture and consumer services, or a water management district and adopted under F.S. ch. 120, as part of a statewide or regional program.

(4) Vegetation maintenance and tree pruning or trimming of utility easements and rights-of-way by a utility company, so long as such activity conforms to all requirements of law.

(5) Development within a wetland or other surface water which is smaller than 500 square feet in size or development within a buffer adjacent to a wetland or other surface water which is smaller than 500 square feet in size, provided the area in which the development will occur is not within the buffer of a wetland or other surface water that is 500 square feet in size or larger.

(b) The requirements of this chapter shall not be applicable to development occurring adjacent to springs, karst features, or sinkholes, which shall instead be governed by Policies 13.1 through 13.12 of the Future Land Use Element of the Wakulla County Comprehensive Plan.

The proposed ordinance gives no consideration to how long you have owned your property.  It gives no consideration to how long you have paid taxes on your property, at full value, with an expectation that you would be able to use your property one day.  It gives no consideration to your intended purpose at the time you took possession of your property.  It makes no concession to the regulations that were in place at the time you took possession.  Some people say, those who own wetlands "should have known what they were buying".  Should they have also been able to predict the future and anticipate this proposed ordinance?  So, if the proposed ordinance passes, and you or your family own a piece of property and you need an exemption that is not on the list above, you will be out of luck and your Grandpa, will not be able to help you.  For those who are reading this who do not own wetlands, it is not difficult to see that this ordinance places an inordinate burdon on our neighbors who do own wetlands.  It's also not difficult to see how easy it may be for them to receive fair and just compensation, from Wakulla County Citizens, to compensate them for their loss.

The risk I have described above does not currently exist in Wakulla County.  We eliminated this risk when we repealed the Wakulla Wetlands Ordinance.  A yes vote on Referendum A will return this risk to Wakulla County Tax Payers.  If a Wakulla Wetlands Ordinance is adopted, it can only be changed by a unanimous vote of all County Commissions, after 2 years, or by another referendum of Wakulla County Voters.

A NO vote on Referendum A will eliminate this risk!

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.


Shell Point in the 70's, when I was a young boy.

One Response to “Grandpa, Tell Me About the Good Old Days”

  1. Kathleen Lamarche says:

    Thanks for the information.  It is very helpful.  And thanks, too, for the great photo of Shell Point in the good old days.  It sure has changed a lot since Hurricane Dennis.

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