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Written on Connecticut man dies after being pulled from Marco Island lake:

in response to MrsT:

I have to agree with the question of Dean being underwater for 35 minutes with the PD/FD/Ambulance less than 1/2 mile away. Something doesn't seem right. Don't know who called 911 but if they were told someone was drowning seems absurd it would take that long to respond.

Real simple folks....

The man drown within a minute and a half of entering the water. He then sank to the bottom which is often the case when someone drowns in fresh water. There is less than a foot of visibility in that lake water. I would think you could now understand why it would take 35 minutes to find and pull him out of the water. If not, I can take you to the lake and throw a bright orange bicycle in the water... I will time you while you look for it...

Regards,

Erik

Written on Landscaping on Indian burial mound reignites legal battle on Key Marco :

in response to ajm3s:

This encapsulates the environmental mindset as quoted in the article:

"a concerned citizen complained to the conservancy that there was unpermitted removal of native understory — the forest area growing at the lowest level below a forest canopy — and trimming of branches of native mid-story vegetation within the native habitat park, Tract Z, which contains an Indian mound."

Environmentalist have become nothing more than jawbones of legal minutia. If environmentalist were REALLY concerned about "the native understory" they would have recognized that PRESERVING an Indian mound is in itself NOT a natural act. In fact, "the native understory" would be maintained by deer, that would be maintained by cougars and panthers, and on and on we go.

But then humans arrived, created an Indian mound and now we as the latest arrivals are calling out the unpermitted removal of understory growth. So are we to lament of the environmental damage by humans thousands of years ago or today? For Indian mounds by their existence, are a human structure for the benefit of humans in living on a barrier island. This mound represents development of ages past and today we pretend to be environmentally astute by raising legal arguments all under the mantle of the Conservancy and other special interests.

To maintain "the native understory" would require the introduction of fauna that have been displaced by creation of an Indian mound so many years ago. So now we need to ask ourselves what is natural.

From where I sit the environmental movement has turned is back on "nature" and has created a legal forum that is so removed from "natural". Unless, of course, you include humans as natural, then I should withdraw my lament and just allow the legal framework to take its course.

But I cannot, because preservation of areas near or on developed sites is at best a compromise that recognizes:

1. foreign plant material migrates or "drifted" by means to numerous to list in this blog,

2. management is required to preserve, by definition preservation is not natural,

3. environmentalist need to define natural so we know which side to represent and ordinances at best can only approximate what we as humans intend.

I hope you don't have any family members which are buried in the ground. The mound is an Indian cemetery.

Written on Marcophiles: An aerial tour:

in response to JoeFubietze:

Crocodiles? Really? By Marco Island? At the airport? "Some naturalists call such a group of crocs a nest.". Yeah. And others would call such a group 'alligators'.

They are American Crocodiles. There are only about 2000 of them left in Florida.

Written on It didn't float his boat: Man claims Craigslist sale went bad:

Sorry..... The buyer is a complete idiot! It is called Due Diligence. I'm sure a 35 year old Aquasport would also need a new transom as well.

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