On behalf of all of the individuals residing alongside the Treasure Coast, I wish to lengthen you a heat welcome to the realm.
OK, perhaps not “all of the individuals residing alongside the Treasure Coast.” As you might know, there are individuals on this nation whose political opinions do not fairly align with your individual. Fairly a number of of them occur to reside in Martin County, truly.
Nonetheless, when rumors began circulating a number of days in the past that you simply had been shopping for a $25 million mansion on Jupiter Island, it brought on fairly a stir.
Possibly a few of your liberal supporters had been hoping to run into you whereas purchasing on the Winn-Dixie or consuming on the Hobe Sound Deli. The really courageous and neighborly amongst them could have deliberate to point out up in your doorstep with bottles of wine, not understanding you personal, amongst different issues, your individual winery.
Conservatives, it goes with out saying, had been ready to have a area day. An unabashed champion of taxing the wealthy and lowering carbon footprints shifting to a ten,000-square-foot palace in a hotbed of Trumpism? It was nearly too good to be true.
Nicely, it apparently was too good to be true. Our colleagues on the Palm Seashore Publish did the legwork and discovered you are not shopping for the mansion in query.
“There may be zero affiliation between the vendor of the house, the client of the house and Nancy Pelosi,” Rob Thomson, proprietor of Waterfront Properties, informed the Publish.
Neither is Pelosi the client for one more Jupiter Island house that simply went beneath contract for a shade beneath $20 million, Thomson stated.
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I am ready to take Thomson at his phrase, at the very least till new proof involves mild.
Who is aware of how these rumors get began? However let’s assume you had been, or are, involved in shopping for some waterfront property in our space.
It may offer you an eye-opening perspective on a difficulty Treasure Coast residents have been coping with for years.
I am speaking in regards to the water air pollution issues that trigger typically poisonous algae blooms, pink tides and different phenomena not usually mentioned in Sunshine State tourism promotional supplies.
A lot of the air pollution within the St. Lucie River comes from Lake Okeechobee by way of the C-44 Canal. You are definitely conscious the federal authorities, by means of the U.S. Military Corps of Engineers, controls these water discharges.
Native and state authorities officers have taken some steps to deal with air pollution issues.
They’ve inspired individuals to change from septic tanks to sewer techniques, thus lowering one of many sources of air pollution that leaches into our waterways. They’ve additionally developed applications to scale back and deal with stormwater runoff from houses and companies, which is each a giant assist and a endless battle.
However let’s face it, everyone knows pollution from farms are the key reason behind the fouled water in Lake Okeechobee. Failing to deal with that actuality is like making an attempt to improve the College of Florida Gators soccer crew with out enhancing recruiting.
There’s a set of greatest administration practices to assist farmers preserve water and scale back the quantities of fertilizers, pesticides and animal waste that get launched into waterways.
These practices aren’t being adequately enforced, nonetheless. I imagine most individuals wish to do the suitable factor, till it will get to be too inconvenient or costly.
So actually, except these practices carry some penalties for noncompliance, they don’t seem to be going to supply the kind of safety Florida’s waterways really want.
Madame Speaker, I do know you have been in politics lengthy sufficient to anticipate what Florida’s farmers would say in the event that they had been out of the blue required to observe a bunch of guidelines that weren’t in place in different components of the nation.
The farmers would complain about being put at a aggressive drawback. And they’d have some extent.
However what if you happen to satisfied your folks in Congress to undertake federal necessities for agricultural water use, notably the dealing with of runoff, that included some sturdy enforcement provisions?
When you tied compliance to these laws with eligibility for federal subsidies, that will shortly get farmers’ consideration.
That manner, farmers in all 50 states could be on equal footing. And I believe we Floridians aren’t the one ones who could be pleased with cleaner water.
Certain, it may get politically difficult. You are a polarizing determine, so if you happen to had been to return out in help of an initiative like that, a few of your right-leaning critics would possibly reflexively select to oppose it.
Then once more, perhaps not. One factor I’ve discovered about residing on the Treasure Coast is enhancing water high quality is a matter on which native Republican and Democratic leaders appear to agree.
You would possibly discover some bipartisan help for that sort of initiative, which appears fairly uncommon in Washington, D.C., as of late.
You pull that off, and also you simply would possibly win sufficient associates to be named an honorary Martin County resident. And that will price you considerably lower than $25 million.
This column displays the opinion of Blake Fontenay. Contact him by way of electronic mail at [email protected] or at 772-232-5424.
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