Talks Over Wetlands Ordinance In Wakulla County Divides Community

By: Bailey Myers Email
By: Bailey Myers Email

By: Bailey Myers
August 11th 2013

Tallahassee FL- One ordinance in Wakulla County is dividing a community. This ordinance that has caused so much debate currently protects 75 feet around the wetlands.

Now, with the County Commission voting to have the ordinance removed, citizens have put together an organization to work to keep it in place.

They call themselves the Wakulla Wetlands Alliance and they say, "They cannot change the Wetlands Ordinance."

One of the Wakulla Wetlands Alliance members, David Damon explained, "The goal today was to get people together in the community that had an interest in trying to keep our current wetlands ordinance."

An ordinance which protects 75 feet around the already protected wetlands but recently the Wakallu County Commission has moved to repeal that ordinance. So, now a group of concerned citizens has formed this organization in hopes of getting that ordinance on the 2014 ballot. The divided issue caused them to run into a few problems before their first meeting.

The President of the board for the Apalachee Bay Fire Department, Byron Price, said "It's a charitable organization and you cannot be political."

So they were told they could not meet at Shell Points volunteer fire station...

The Vice President of the board for the Apalachee Bay Fire Department is also apart of the Alliance and he said, "It's obvious that they are trying to throw more road blocks in front of us."

And after attempting to enter the building tensions were high and things got out of hand. A tussle right before the meeting has the sheriffs office is investigating a battery case. All over this wetlands ordinance, but the Alliance says they aren't giving up and are going to be knocking on doors asking for the publics support.

At the same time the County Commission will be moving forward with repealing the wetlands ordinance.

Another member of the Alliance said, "We are trying to protect our wetlands."

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