|September 2008: Eye on Broward County Environmental Protection Opinions by Leigh Fulghum, botanist, marine scientist, landscape designer|
Sheridan Street Natural Area Addition: just what sort of a "Green Space" are we talking about here?
Here is a classic instance of insincerely smiling officials and higher-ups in the Department using taxpayer dollars for the dissemination of keyword propaganda to hoodwink sincere citizens and innocent children:
According to the gaudy Safe Parks and Land Preservation Bond Program 2006 Annual Report, "Green Spaces, although still valuable ecologically, have been generally more impacted than Conservation Lands, making them more difficult to restore. Green Spaces only retain some aspects of the native vegetative community, and they often serve as buffers or connectors to environmentally sensitive lands and Conservation Lands."
Brandishing a signature Departmental environmental haughtiness the report is a glossy coated triumph of desktop fabrication. Pedestrian boxes, charts and graphics are employed to distract both brain and eye from certain parcels of land which have been over-valued by the Department for acquisition and purchase by the Commissioners through a county bond issue. For example, The "Sheridan Street Natural Area Addition" for appraisal purposes was erroneously classified in the more valuable category of "green space" when in reality it scarcely qualifies as a highly disturbed and hazardously littered unlit vacant lot.
An independent botanist can determine in less than an hour consultation that this hugely impacted wetland, once a private investor nightmare, is now a county nightmare which makes a mockery of federal, state, and city environmental objectives. Indeed, the east Hollywood 5.4 acre wetland-turned-fill-dump on the corner of Sheridan St. and S.E. 5th Ave. presently offers more potential for fines, litigation, pollution, mosquito breeding, and bodily injury, than for contributing to a higher quality environment or buffering a sensitive ecosystem. Not just impacted, but rock-solid compacted, there are scant to no native plants present, but a typical spoil mound ecology on the dredged lime rock, contemptuously maintained by the county with a waste of labor, gas, oil and herbicide. Such evidence is readily collected by establishing quadrants and transects in one's head, fording a $200,000 chemically treated eutrophic retention morass, and embarking on a perilous trek across the million dollar Dome of Dredge and Fill.
to be continued...
Leigh Fulghum, part of whose family has dwelt in South Florida since 1913, hopes to inspire an independent citizens testing agency, for publication of true and actual findings from the unbiased analysis of a variety of environmental, ecological, food and cosmetic samplings, particularly for their affect on the quality of life and health for humans, plants, and animals in South Florida.