By Bailey Myers
August 5, 2013
Wakulla County, FL - Wetlands in Wakulla are causing a big debate... It's over an ordinance created a couple of years ago-- aimed to protect the wetlands even further. Now, that protection could go away.
The current ordinance protects 75 feet around the already protected wetlands area. The County Commission is taking steps to remove the ordinance altogether-- and it's doing it without a public vote.
"All for the motion... I... All opposed I... Motion fails four to one."
The Wakulla County commission decided Monday night it would be making the decision moving forward on the county's wetlands-- not residents.
"Wakulla's golden goose are its wetlands."
That feeling was expressed by many attending Monday night's meeting.
During the Commission's last meeting in July, the board moved forward with repealing the ordinance that protects the 75 feet around the wetlands.
Sue Damon, Wakulla County resident: "Once we start filling in everything and just building closer and closer to the coast we are going to have more pollution, less fish, more problems."
And even though the room was full of people opposed to repealing this ordinance... There were those who agree with the commissioners effort to repeal the ordinance.
Susan Jones, Wakulla County resident: "There is already a wetlands buffer. We understand that but, DEP does a fine job, and so they are already there in place its just redundant to have three different entities governing it."
Now, it's up to Wakulla's Board of County Commissioners to decide...
"Its the worst thing we could do to this county."