Don't fall for it

Full story: Orlando Sentinel

It doesn't matter if you're Gov. Charlie Crist or the state's chief financial officer, attorney general or agriculture commissioner.

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Katherine Wegel

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Oct 28, 2007
 
To give away Sand Lakes the district needs to meet the legal requirement that it is no longer needed for conservation. In its assessment of environmental value, the district selectively chose 1980’s vintage data despite its promise to use the best available science. They developed an assessment tailored to allow them to take an action.

They had better and more current science available. The report mentioned was published in 2001. The Florida Forever Conservation Needs Assessment was first published in 2000
and is periodically updated and was ”developed or compiled specifically to inform actions relating to the Florida Forever program”. The district chose not to use them.

In May, after eight years of managing Sand Lakes, the district belatedly discovered fifty acres they deemed worthy of continuing protection with a conservation easement. They tried to buy off local opposition with a fifty acre bone.

Write the Governor and Cabinet and let them know you don’t want State conservation lands used to settle damage disputes (a lawsuit has not been filed). For much more information, visit http://pelicanislandaudubon.org/
Bud

Shreveport, LA

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Oct 28, 2007
 
Time is long over due when all of these "Water Districts" need to be brought into some accountability and have their dealings out in the open. These districts have bought up hendreds of acres of land with taxpayers money, yet not allowed most of this land to be used for recreation or fishing, birdwatching, etc. They certainly need to know they are accountable to the taxpayers!!
william halliday

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Oct 28, 2007
 
i see it's easy to settle/pay for flooding an abutting property by tradeing off land that didn't cost you a dime. ONLY THE TAXPAYERS and it stinks
another group of maniacs

Orlando, FL

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Oct 28, 2007
 
St John Water Mgmt District is completley out of control. These are morons that have done more damage to Florida than anyone wants to admit. One day someone will bring to light, their immense power and destructive nature. I am from an immigrant family and these people are worse than any secret organization. When will people wake up
flared0ne

Kissimmee, FL

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Oct 28, 2007
 
I realize that employees of the paper may not find it in THEIR best interests to be too "helpful", but it would be nice (and useful) if reports like this happened to give little details like: this is the group of people (defined by where you live, I assume) who actually have practical oversight and voting control over the currently spotlighted bozos...

And maybe little things like: this is a feedback link to target your opinions, as registered conscientious voters, to more directly reach those same bozos. Or maybe a link to get info about pertinent public meetings...

Let's get some enhanced info access out of this electronic medium -- point us toward the strategically appropriate locations for squeaky wheels.
VeroLynne

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Oct 29, 2007
 
Excellent article -- this is typical of the kind of litigation tactics, hiding evidence, that is both shameful and disserving to the public. But it is rarely highlighted so well, and speaks volumes about how many times our government bodies do not work for the public good. I wouldn't be surprised if the governor did indeed know about this, and since his appointees to the board making this decision were all from the development community, I'd say we're in for more of the same.
Factsman

Vero Beach, FL

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Oct 29, 2007
 
Here are some helpful links to background information regarding the Water management Districts and Florida's water supply:
http://www.sjrwmd.com/about.html

http://www.sjrwmd.com/governingboard/boardmem...

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/FE470

http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/default.htm
Hmmm

West Palm Beach, FL

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Oct 31, 2007
 
I guess the editor didn't feel the need to point out that there are no Scrubjays there now...
Katherine Wegel

West Palm Beach, FL

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Nov 1, 2007
 
It may be that there are currently no scrub jays on the property though I now have a hard time trusting anything the district says. The 2004 hurricanes did cause the loss of many nest trees and populations did decline and will take time to recover. Sand Lakes is one of a number of scrub jay habitats scattered along the Ten Mile Ridge. Given time, it is likely that other populations will migrate to it. Scrub jays were hard hit on the St. Sebastian Buffer Preserve Park also and their scrub jay population has since been augmented by relocations from elsewhere. That could be done at Sand Lakes also. The important thing is that the habitat still exists and once lost cant be replaced. Scrub is the most endangered of all habitats.

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