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.
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?
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