Manufacturing the Destruction of Coastal Economics with Offshore Drilling

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Intracoastal at Sunset

 

Governor Rick Scott goes to bat for Florida’s ecotourism industry in a massive way! Taking a stand against President Trump’s absent-minded attempt to include Florida in an ill-conceived federal roll-back in offshore drilling regulations to open new sites off the Florida coast.

How do we end up here? Well, we may have to roll back the clock to find the genesis of our folly in this matter. Since mankind has had the innate talent to convert oxygen into carbon dioxide, the human species has sought to create and convert any manipulatable matter in our path. Eventually, man figured out something we fervently believe to be a certain truth. But, delay of what? Ah yes, “progress!” In the frankest of ways to put it, it is no doubt a word that failed to receive the necessary due diligence before being decidedly declared gospel. Immediate action without proper research and cross-examination has taught us one definitive truth, time and time again. The best intentions often lead to the most dangerous of consequences! Whether the tale of original sin is fact-based in nature or a work of pure brimstone fiction, Adam and Eve’s story gave all of mankind volumes upon volumes of information – destined for text – regarding the human condition as not a singular condition, but an evolving state of being. The comings and goings of centuries flooded with change have led us to a sort of perpetual eruption in scientific revelations. In response to such a powerful conviction, mankind discovered a loophole. Possibly, history’s original loop hole. In need of personal appeasement, the art of “Justification” came about, spreading to the farthest reaches of the globe. Ironically and most effectively, it was our greatest ambitions which led us to forfeit our own inhibitions. In many cases, knowledge can breed innovation. Unfortunate, the only perpetuating result in some cases is that of greed.

Currency has many forms. No, it’s not a Rupee, Peso, Dollar, Euro, or Yen that we need to lend our concerns to. It’s a matter of the currencies color. Many countries are forced to see currency in terms of its’ color. Green and Black are the hues that rule the market. Oil and money might as well be interchangeable, given the amount of unadulterated dependence we are all subject to each of their necessity to sustain life as we know it. Those whom the mainstream culture has so casually labeled the “have nots” are fated to live without the means to gain the same quality of life which the “haves” enjoy, often taking it all the while for granted.

Fl Governor Rick Scott

Florida Gov. Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott was anything but hesitant to respond to the proposal, upon learning of Florida’s inclusion into the consideration to have new offshore drilling sites erected off the shores of the highest grossing ecotourism state in the entire Southeast, Florida. The governor as well as Floridians found this a most indecent proposal. Gov. Scott took little time to generate a decisive response, after it came from Trump’s desk last week. On Friday, Scott stated that Florida can’t risk the possible problems from drilling sites damaging beaches and coastal areas (The Washington Post). In a segment on Fox News, Governor Scott (R) said, “We come here, we move to Florida, we visit Florida because of our pristine environment and our beaches. People love our beaches.”

No one is going to be arguing that point. Having worked along side volunteers that have such great passion for keeping our beaches clean and beautiful as intended – with ecotourism dollars barely an afterthought in their focused goal – is a testament to the dedication of the people and the pride in which their homeland instills in their daily lives.

 

Come and enjoy the water by hopping on one of our boats. Our popular Beach Creek tour is an amazing adventure. (more…)

 

 

Glacial Melting and Sea Level Rise

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Glacial Iceberg

In a time when we are forced to consider that fake news is creeping its way into our morning cup of coffee, it’s important that we take the time to look at multiple sources before permanently stamping ourselves into any certain position on environmental issues. While scare tactics have been used by media outlets to reel gullible young people into making those like Al Gore a rich man, there is scientific data brought forth by the world’s finest minds that directly contradict global sea levels are receding in rapid fashion.

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Life is about the journey, not the destination…

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Dancing where the Giants Sleep

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Brian and Katie Ernest

 

Faith has shown the world several something more than a couple times in recent years – a truth. Far from trivial, it infallibly moves, perched above and far beyond the challenge from any who would dare rise in question. Plainly, there is no singled-out force on which we can pin the responsibility for the path and course of time. Our constant awareness of the passing of time allows for us to see both the beauty and pain that outline our being, Disciplined appreciation and well-keeping of the time we are given to spend for the duration of our stay in this life are key to having anything of worth. What is the best of our blip of an existence? When caught off guard with such a question, a stumble in thought is sure to precede your response. Maybe, that is exactly the way one should react. If we can’t bring just a small amount of goodness into the world, then what has our time accomplished? Martin Luther King, Jr once proposed, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.” If ever one has sought out the light to push back the black, it is the performance on stage and the selfless acts of volunteering between that make Brian the batteries fueling the light.

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The Origin of Halloween

Sunday, October 29th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Boo from Amelia River Cruises

 

 

If history has taught mankind one thing, it is that all things are subject to change. At least, when it comes to how modern culture and practiced traditions are destined to evolve in some way, shape, or form. Holidays all have some evolutionary qualities about them. For example, a brief take on Christmas past to present. Once meant to be a humbling celebration of the birth of a savior, this event would soon become a day of indulgence. Materialistic desires and a more innocent notion of parents wanting to see their children happy and spoiled have become majority hash tags on a once strictly, holy day. While Haloween is a holiday of the lighter variety, there is another side to the celebration spectrum. One which also comes from origins of the ancients.

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Effects of Climate Change on the Sea

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Marsh at the Intracoastal

 

With global climate change slowly making its’ way into the factual mindset of citizens around the word, the notion that there is any possibly of it being a myth has slowly – albeit surely – become a moot thought. For that, the scientific community is greatly thankful.

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Coyote sightings on Amelia Island?

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Coyote in Parking Lot

 

While the list is not one of particular brevity, one of the treasured aspects of the parcel we islanders happily call home is its’ uniqueness. Without quoting Forest’s “Mama” on the subject of chocolates, life has surprises like is has sunrises. For many, the defining amazement that Amelia Island offers up is an ever-increasing number of unnaturally beautiful sightings of wildlife, reminding us of our proximity to creatures of the wild.

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Hurricane Irma – A mighty wind

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Hurricane Irma passing the eastern end of Cuba

The NOAA satellite GOES-16 captured this geocolor image of Hurricane Irma passing the eastern end of Cuba at about 8:00 a.m. EDT on Sept. 8, 2017

 

On August 30th, near the Cape Verde Islands, a beast began to take its shape. Though no less of a tragedy, eyes shifted from recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey in stricken Texas to the Florida panhandle. In less than seven days time, the monstrous wave that began off the coast of western Africa morphed into a Category 5 hurricane on September 5. As it took form, Hurricane Irma became most anticipated hurricane in United States history. The storm turned out to be catastrophic to the British Virgin Isles, Haiti, and many parts of the continental United States of America.

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St. Johns River threatened to be overloaded with nutrient content

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

St Johns River near Jacksonville

 

There is no work more noble than that of the volunteer Ban Ki-moon. He wisely ascertained, “Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth… these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.”

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Killer Whales are Members of the Dolphin Family

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Orca - Killer Whale in the ocean

 

Making a trip to one of the Sea World locations used to be the stuff daydreams were made of for children as well as adults. While the killer whale was not unheard of, its popularity went up exponentially for those who watched the film “Free Willy”. And chances were that if you had watched it once, you were sure to view it another time or two. Who doesn’t love a good movie ending in a victorious, daring animal rescue to wrap up the story’s plot line.

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Beach Erosion A Widespread Problem

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Beach on Amelia Island

 

Last year, the Florida’s coastline and others experienced a blow that has only been equaled a few times in the past century. Hurricane Matthew was an undisputed tragedy. Residents of Amelia Island evacuated to central areas in Georgia and other safe zones for shelter from the storm. Hundreds of people in the  Caribbean lost their lives, poorly manicured municipal tree lines and other factors cost tens of thousands to be without power, beaches were flooded up to the dunes. While the storm causes a great deal of erosion, the process is certainly nothing new, and a footnote to the erosion playing out on a much larger scale over time.

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