Scalp job nets record fine

Scalp job nets record fine

There are 30 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from Jun 27, 2007, titled Scalp job nets record fine. In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

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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Eric

Jonesborough, TN

#21 Jun 28, 2007
All state issued environmental fines goes into the general pocket of the state. We were joking at work that a % should go to the enployee who finds the non-compliance
;)
(joking)
And 100,000 was probably nothing to them. As someone else has said, it's the cost of doing business. It happens all the time. Companies know they will only be fined so much for breaking the regulations... and that is only if they get caught. If they can make more money by just paying the fines, they'll do it in a heart beat. The managers of a publically traded company can actually get sued for following environmental regulations, if following those regulations was not in the best interest of the company (as far as profit)

It's amazing how even now some people just see the environment as something to exploit for profit.
baddog

Woodstock, GA

#22 Jun 28, 2007
http://carolinejustice.blogspot.com/2007/06/a...

Regional President Dan Girouard
Sue Ellen

Williamsburg, VA

#23 Jun 29, 2007
In response to Reason's comment = you say that none of us, including yourself, really know the impact of the mowing on the wetlands yet you continue on to downplay the action of the company? My answer would be to make the fine large enough so that it would truly be a future deterrent for companies considering damaging wetlands. I suggest a % of the sale price of each lot bordering the wetlands be placed into an environmental protection fund and used to restore developer-damaged wetlands.
Jenny W

Hampton, VA

#24 Jun 29, 2007
I think VA Timberline should have been charged the original amount of $370,000 plus the approx.$142,000. That is the problem with the big developers, they know they can do what they want and get the equivalent of a slap on the wrist. They didn't contest the decision because they know they got off easy. The extra money they will make because of what they did to the Marsh Land will more than make up the $100,000 it cost to get there! If we don't start making it more difficult to profit from the crimes that are commited to our lands then people like VA Timberland will continue to destroy it and just write off the small fine they are charged as building expenses!!!
Ed Roberts

Newport News, VA

#25 Jun 29, 2007
How dare the VMRC to punish this developer. Everyone knows that developers have the right to do anything they desire to do to improve their profits. Just look at Poquoson. Robert Brown Ass has be granted priviledge to violate zoning restrictions, take public property for his own use, and to destroy the character of the town--all for the sake of greater profits. It's his right, he is a developer!
marcaurelius

Dayton, MD

#26 Jun 30, 2007
Ed Roberts wrote:
...Just look at Poquoson. Robert Brown Ass has be granted priviledge to violate zoning restrictions, take public property for his own use, and to destroy the character of the town--all for the sake of greater profits. It's his right, he is a developer!
Developers Rule!

Hampton, Suffolk, wherever.

The city works for them, not the average
taxpayer.

Codes enforcement doesn't give a flying fig
until Mr. Moneybags wants to buy your house,
your street.
marcaurelius

Dayton, MD

#27 Jun 30, 2007
Jenny W wrote:
I think VA Timberline should have been charged the original amount of $370,000 plus the approx.$142,000.....
And after you pay your traffic fines -- after
this coming Sunday --- you will face "civil
penalties."

And you will not be able to negotiate.

“"Dovie'andi se tovya sagain" ”

Since: Jul 07

MN -now- Hampton Roads

#28 Jul 1, 2007
Katherine wrote:
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?
AGREED--Not just a fine (and the fine was way too small too and should of affected the company more). They need to restore the area they damaged and see that it is maintained for..say the next 4 decades? or maybe the next 6? or maybe just an even 100 years?
Cynthia Saracino

New Hope, PA

#29 Aug 2, 2007
baddog wrote:
http://carolinejustice.blogspo t.com/2007/06/ashland-develope r-hates-bay.html
Regional President Dan Girouard
If this is Dan from VA Timberline - I am trying to get a hold of you - possible land deal in VA! csaracino@comcast.net
MrSadler

United States

#30 Aug 9, 2007
jerk should get the fine of his life.

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