JAWS in Falmouth MA – The Entanglemen...

JAWS in Falmouth MA – The Entanglements of Profit -wind turbines

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Sally Reynolds

Mattapoisett, MA

#1 Apr 17, 2012
JAWS in Falmouth MA – The Entanglements of Profit

April 17th, 2012

JAWS LIVES – Falmouth Massachusetts has turned into it’s very own version of “Amity Island”

The 2012 JAWS remake, for municipalities considering on-shore wind energy, is being played out in a little sea-side community just 7 miles north of where there original was filmed on location. The cinematic version was fiction. Only to have become vividly real in Falmouth Mass… years later.

A number of Falmouth Town Meeting Members are clamoring that town’s tumultuous turbine turmoil has gone on for far too long.. with no likely resolution on the horizon. It’s all about image! The grumbling, it’s rumored in town, has been spawned from a Falmouth Chamber of Commerce survey that’s tried to rate the community’s appeal. Third party feedback seems to indicate that turbine trauma to be a major distractor to tourism/trade/relocation.

Whether to keep the beaches open (Turbines Turning).. knowing there’ll a problem. Or closing (Turning Them OFF) for the public’s protection.. knowing there’ll be a problem.

Town Meeting Members have stated to me privately, that Falmouth need only play by Falmouth’s own rule (after all that’s what ‘home rule provisions’ are all about). And if that rule (40dB noise ordinance) is broken, whether by a dog barking or a turbine operating, the owner, whether the town or private citizen, must take immediate action to become compliant with the law.

Town Meeting Members are starting to realize that, for two years, Selectmen have merely maintained a noise complaint log (with no enforcement clause), let “time” erase from the public’s memory their past sins (the 18 million dollar cost over-run for the High School remod), and they’ve argued that the complaints are simply anecdotal (SHARK). Selectmen have tried too long, to diverted attention from protection to profit production.

Finally, others are seeing the blood in the water!

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