Scalp job nets record fine

Full story: Hampton Roads Daily Press

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission handed down a $100,000 civil charge Tuesday to a developer who mowed dozens of acres of marshland to improve a subdivision's water views.
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zip_dash

Norfolk, VA

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Jun 27, 2007
 
How about publishing the names of the President, Vice President, Secretary & Treasurer of this LLC? They knew that the fine was worth the risk as opposed to the penalties involved. In fact, they probably contacted their attorney's before this land clearing. Yeah, the same ones who suggested the particular fine. I guess it is better to ask for forgiveness and then claim ignorance....
marcaurelius

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Jun 27, 2007
 
== The employees who were then in charge of the development have been fired ...

scape goats?

== VA Timberline officials originally contacted VMRC before the mowing ...

WHO is Virginia
Timberline? The 'fired" employees?
Vaborn

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#3
Jun 27, 2007
 
VA Timberline should have gotten a larger fine that they did, for destroying wetlands. Who knows how much habitat has been affected by their wreckless destruction. Its all about the money, companies like that don't care about anything else but how much money can make.
Don C

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Jun 27, 2007
 
That's it,$100,000 for willfully violating wetlands laws to increase the price of property they were selling???? What a joke!! The fine should have been 10 times that much.
ljay

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#5
Jun 27, 2007
 
I would like to know if there will be criminal charges against the company in addition to a civil penalty.
marcaurelius

Brookeville, MD

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#6
Jun 27, 2007
 
here is another article about Corporate Enterprise and environmental concerns:
http://www.thestarpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/art...
Large scale mega-dairy farm in Indiana has an "accident."
This is the stuff that Adam Smith warned about many years ago.
Katherine

Fort Huachuca, AZ

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Jun 27, 2007
 
Now that the property is damaged is the only consequence is paying the fine? Or will the company have to re-establish the wetlands? I believe the damage that was done needs to be corrected. Isn't that the real issue? instead of just the cost of doing business?
Patricia

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Jun 27, 2007
 
I think it is justified. We need to start realizing that our wetlands are becoming more and more scarce, and that we need to take action to protect them. The laws are clear, and contractors are perfectly aware of them.
Patricia

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#9
Jun 27, 2007
 
I agree with Katherine, I think they need to re-establish the wetlands at their cost on top of the fine. And where does the fine go anyway? I would hope it would go towards Virginia's wetlands, and not the commonwealth's pocket.
Amy

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#10
Jun 27, 2007
 
Have the lots with the new-and-improved view sold? How much did the developer make as a result of the new views (over what they would have made without the "improvement"? In addition to the fine, they should have to put that extra profit into re-establishing the wetlands.
Cow

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Jun 27, 2007
 
Kill those who cut the sacred grass.
Pray to the golden figurines.
Peter

Norfolk, VA

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#12
Jun 27, 2007
 
This is a typical example of the '"slash and burn" mentality of the developers in our region. If this were to have happened in Vermont - the $100,00 fine would have just been the start!!!
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#13
Jun 27, 2007
 
Seems to me a $100K fine to a developer offering million-dollar properties is not much more than a slap on the wrist. Maybe the damage to the company name will make the difference?
Thomas T

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Jun 27, 2007
 
Once again greed wins, they just increased the property value 10 fold. just rape the land and waterways that fine was nothing who got their pockets lined this time
sharcat

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#15
Jun 27, 2007
 
The fine should have been at least 10 times the amount. It was a criminal act, therefore criminal charges should ensue. Asking forgiveness rather than permission should be so whoppingly painful that asking permission (and risking defeat) would be more desirable.
WilliamAbbitt

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#16
Jun 27, 2007
 
Purely a cost of doing business, $100,000 is mere pittance to compare with the costs to the environment. This amount would not touch the cost of what it cost the state to investigate and prosecute. Yes, they would surely do it again for the meager $100,000. Crooks, like some politicians are soon forgiven by weak memories.
Jan

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#17
Jun 27, 2007
 
I bet if I ruined marshlands, I wouldn't be allowed to help negotiate my fine.
Reason

Virginia Beach, VA

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#18
Jun 27, 2007
 
None of the people posting, me included, knows any more about what actually happened than what was written in the article. Surprise, surprise, it IS LEGAL to mow wetlands in Virginia as long as you do it in a manner that minimizes impacts to wetlands. That's where they went wrong. I seriously doubt it will take ten years for the wetlands to recover. In fact the wetlands have likely re-grown already in areas that were mowed, they are after all, grass. The areas compacted by the ruts will naturally fill back up with sediment and organic material and in the meantime will provide increased habitat diversity in the marsh. Should the developer have been fined for violating state laws? Yes. Should they be fined hundreds of thousands of dollars? No.
btjac7572

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Jun 27, 2007
 
The fine for this developer should be doubled or even trippeled and should pay for it's complete restoration. All this was done in the name of greed.
Bay bee

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Jun 28, 2007
 
I've been to Lawnes Point and the reason the lots aren't selling isn't because of grass in the marsh. The land is pretty but it's way out in a neighborhood with pitbulls chained to doublewides on roads that would ruin all the BMW and Lexus' of the potential buyers. It's a place where there might really be reaspn to own a Hummer (and a gun.) I did't see a single house when I was there last month.

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