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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

THE RAPE OF A LAKE

Maria Sanchez Lake, in St. Augustine, was created back in the 1800s, when Henry Flagler filled in the upper reaches of Maria Sanchez Creek, and built hotels on the resulting land. A dam was built at South street, causing the creek to spread. Over the decades the little tidal lake has developed an ecosystem, providing food for several bird species. It's all about to become history, what little natural vegetation exists will be killed by the concrete seawall, the ecosystem will fail, and the birds will go away.
I can't imagine any rational motive for building this eyesore, any erosion could be controlled at less expense, and with far less damage to the ecosystem, and the human eye!

2 comments:

Robert V. Sobczak said...

That's ashame. If wildlife is using it, and it's been there for such a long time, what's the motivation for the change. It's those micro environments that can make a big difference ...

tsiya said...

Robert, there may be a money trail, or maybe someone just prefers the look of St. Augustine grass running up to a concrete wall, over the Spartina.
There are folks all over who pay lip service to environmental issues, but it's all for show, they don't really care.
This project is all approved, we likely can't stop it, but I don't have to give up hope.
All the goals claimed for this project could be met with less expense and less damage to the ecosystem, and the view!

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