Let me continue by clarifying that I am not against development; I am against senseless development that can be classified as crimes against the environment. I love
We all can remember a time when Crooked Tree had nice swimming areas with a hard-bottom lagoon ideal for recreation among many other things. But now these areas have become mud pits. It used to be fun to swim there but not now! This is because a road was built across the lagoon and the bridges were not put in place until several years later. What is amazing is that this is happening again and the people of the village have said nothing publicly. Many of them benefit from the tourism dollars and they are standing there watching a minister killing the goose that’s laying the golden egg yet jaws remain locked.
I fully support the road across the lagoon if it is done right. This can be done where it is a win-win situation for everyone. If only the minister would follow the environmental compliance plan outlined to the Audubon Society and the Minister by the Department of Environment. It would cost only a few dollars more to do it properly and we should view this as an investment in protecting our precious natural resources. But this lack of foresight seems to be our minister’s way of doing things. Sure, the road project gets done, but at what cost? A magnificent wetland area will be reduced to an almost lifeless pond. Funny how history has a way of repeating itself.