September 01, 2005
i'm no environmentalist....
...but I agree with this post. We don't need any more development on the barrier islands along the coast of South Carolina or Georgia.
The barrier islands have been moving for centuries. Mother Nature washes away the south end of one island and deposits the sand on the north end of the next one down. That's how you find really impressive driftwood beaches on the south end of most of those islands.
People don't need to build homes there. A storm will tear the home down, or it'll wash away in a bad spring tide, and I'll end up paying FEMA for rebuilding the sumbitch that never should have been there in the first place.
If you can buy an island, go right ahead. Build yourself a mansion there. But don't ask for tax dollars to build a bridge to your island and don't go whining to the government when your mansion disappears into the sea. YOU made the choice to live there, so YOU accept the consequences.
I saw an interview on TV a few years ago. Some woman who lived on one of the barrier islands off North Carolina had her house sucked into the ocean during a hurricane. She wasn't worried. That was the THIRD TIME it happened to her, and the government always gave her the money to rebuild her house in the same spot.
That's idiocy to me.
"Never build on a flood plain"
I don't know who said it first, but it looks like they built a whole city BELOW a flood plain.
And I agree that the barrier islands should be left alone. Don't build your house "on sinking sand".
In the not to distant past the beaches and flats of the West coast of Florida were not all that heavily populated. There were a lot of fishing shacks built on pilings on the saltwater flats and lots of 'fishing cabins' on the barier Islands and on the mainland flood plain. But these were inexpensive buildings built for the purpose of getting out of the rain to sleep! No electricity and no plumbing-just a cabin affair, and if they blew away bo big thing-just build another one. Maybe have to go back to that concept again.
There comes a point where you have to accept that it's not economically viable ti develop.
The costs to the environment, insurance rates, and taxes is not worth while.
I personally feel we should be fighting to preserve every bit of waterfront left.
I joined the Nature Conservancy a long time ago. They don't fuck around. Rather than protesting for the tit mouse, these crafty bastards are taking our annual dues and donations and purchasing the land that saves the tit mouse.
The little fishing shacks sound like the most reasonable dwelling for this unstable area. If the weather did it once, it can do it again...why would anyone want to reinvest in such a god-forsaken wasteland.
Chablis--- I couldn't have put that better myself.
There is a reason as to why they are called barrier islands.
The little known fact is that without the FEDERAL government subsidizing insurance for these oceanfront McMansions there would be no way to buy insurance. No insurance, no oceanfront developement. Thank the feds once again.
Much like the idiots in California who keep rebuilding right where the last house washed downhill in a mudslide. Because the government keeps paying for it.