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Monday, May 31, 2010

Funny if Not Tragic

Not reported in the island's "newspapers" is this story reported … in the Naples Spanish newspaper.

The article is rather comical albeit depressing, put in greater perspective by Marco Island's track record of environmental activism (a total of four people, two who don't live here anymore and the other two don't work for city hall).

Have your gardeners translate the entirety of article for you – much more appealing and entertaining when recanted with their rich sonorous melody.

But just in case you are too embarrassed to ask "those people" (the hoary racial trope quoting Celebrate Marco and the Syndicate), here are the two best parts:

  • (Marco River Marina by Ostego Bay Foundation President Joanne Semmer) She brought with her a trailer as an example for a response to an oil spill (leak). This is a unit that serves to contain a spill only when it does not surpass our resources [idiomatic – abilities] … the BP spill [idiomatic – overflowing] oil in the Gulf of Mexico is an example requiring a much more massive response.

  • We are raising funds to pre-position a response plan to the combustible stain [not making this up] in Marco Island. It's a beneficial project that can be used religiously in any situation when our waters are threatened by contamination. ... Approximately 500 feet [of spanker boom] have been ordered, she said.

Raising funds?

Other than two firemen patrolling the beaches (also noted in the article), action results in a trailer of 500' of boom that may save the marina (maybe) – so at least the tourists can go fishing … so, exactly where are they going fishing if the oil is washing onto our shores?



  • Marco Island is a barrier island so by natural design it takes the brunt of what man and nature has to offer.

    It is a great day for microza that relishes petroleum. Nature will have a feast of which we have not seen in awhile.

    Sorry its the oceanographer in me. One man's disaster is another organism's treasure.

    By Anonymous ajm3s, at Tuesday, June 01, 2010 10:08:00 AM  

  • the island sure does take the brunt of man and nature - but so far the only major abuse has been from man. and this one will dwarf the hydrogen sulfide/sulfuric acid pumping into the waterways, the asbestos contamination, the "deep" injection well (which goes into the water table and the gulf) and now the just revealed closing of the watershed that is killing the mangroves near key marco. all courtesy of moss-joel-arceri-TURK-tucker-minozzi-trotter-walduck-gibson. nice.

    By Blogger Dr. Mario, at Tuesday, June 01, 2010 12:20:00 PM  

  • So true.

    Keep up the good work.

    By Anonymous ajm3s, at Thursday, June 03, 2010 8:36:00 PM  

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