James Holland writes:
Glynn County public works is at it again. I thought my eyes were lying to me when I observed the images in my photos. Tide coming in and you can see how high it is and it is still coming. Glynn County simply has to be the most unscrupulous county in the entire state. Why is it that they continue to do this when all the science is out there about what buffers do to protect our marshes and waters?
If anyone knows the name of the single individual that gave the order to do this would you please enlighten me so I will know who is the dumbest person in this county.
We really have the EPD Director (Judson Turner) to thank for unleashing this evil on our marshes and tide waters.
That’s not necessarily correct. Local law can always trump state law, as long as the provisions are more stringent and grounded in the functional requirements of public health and safety. Which, as a previous post points out, is far from the case in Glynn County, where the operative principles, when it comes to Mother Nature, are drain and dispose or, if we prefer Mr. Holland’s term “denude.”
After all, the directives are quite clearly in the interest of serving superficial optics.
In all zoning districts established by this Ordinance, except the GC General Commercial District, no fence, wall, terrace, sign, shrubbery, planting or structure or object capable of obstructing driver vision between the heights of thirty (30) inches and ten (10) feet above the finished street level shall be permitted . . .
No fence, wall, hedge or other planting, or sign forming a material impediment to visibility over a height of two and one-half (2.5) feet shall be erected, planted, placed or maintained within twenty-five (25) feet of the point of a public street with any private roadway or drive which serves more than one (1) dwelling unit.
A thin blanket of hay can’t hide that the marsh buffer has been ravaged. On the other hand, what Mr. Holland takes for granted, that everyone knows what a marsh buffer is for, may well be Greek to people who only know what “it looks like.” People, who prefer a well-manicured lawn, may well be beyond comprehending what Mr. Holland is wanting them to see.
Folks, the first photos of the above areas only showed devastation around the edges of the marsh. The attached photos show for a fact what Glynn County is wantonly doing and it is destroying tidal water buffers along with the marsh buffer. The attached photos were taken yesterday (January 21, 2015)morning on the incoming tide.
I am just about at a loss for words in what to do about this because according to Glynn County they have not violated any of man’s laws. The county was back out there yesterday morning destroying more of these areas and the Coastal Resources Division (CRD) will receive this along with all of you. Down at the CRD building they profess to claim these words “Know the Connection”, all right, many of us know the connection, but do you folks down at CRD “Know the connection”? If you are truly sincere about what you preach, it is high time that you all help to rein in Glynn County. If it is about educating everyone, including the government, then let’s prove it starting today, like right now. The science is there about stream and marsh buffers, we citizens need help from our government agencies that understand the value of marsh and stream buffers.
Yes CRD, I know what your excuse is, buffers are in the uplands and you do not regulate uplands, EPD (Environmental Protection Department) does that. Well, it was EPD that put a halt to our marsh and estuarine buffers and the upper echelon of EPD is not getting off the hook either. Judson Turner did this and he wantonly unleashed governments like Glynn County that think marsh vistas are more important than our marshes that are the nurseries that grow the sea food for us and marine species all the way out to the intercontinental shelf off shore.
Mr. Holland is being too generous. The functional buffers being devastated by the Glynn County excavator lie at an elevation of four (4) feet. That’s hardly an upland.
The state and local government are loaded with non believers, who could care less about our food sources. But, we the people are fools for letting them get away with it.
Am I mad as hell, yes I am. Because I remember what just about destroyed the blue crab population on the coast of Georgia. The state wanted to lay all the blame on a severe drought, but the drought was only partially to blame. The true culprit in that instance was the people that had ditched and drained the vast majority of our freshwater wetlands in southeast Georgia and that only exacerbated the drought conditions.
What can we as citizens do about this, just ask those people that attended the Island Planning Commission a couple of evenings ago. We can write letters to the media, to the elected officials and show up at meetings conducted by the Glynn County Commissioners and give them a piece of our mind. The Glynn County public works is going to continue with this destruction until we put a stop to it.
Above all, I beg of you not to blame the people out there doing the work. They are doing like all family oriented citizens, working to obtain a pay check to house their families. Our goal(s) should be to go after the people in government that issue the work orders for this to get done. Thank all of you for your help. James Holland
Sometimes it seems that antagonism, even antagonism toward Mother Nature, trumps common sense. Why humans aim to destroy the environment that sustains them is a puzzlement. Maybe it’s just a matter of superficial optics being deceiving and hope that James Holland’s pictures can bring them into the light.