There is a major battle going on in Wakulla County from where the world’s largest natural spring flows, there is an abundance of healthy marine life and people enjoy a quiet existence in a nature-rich environment. With the help of some south Florida developers, Wakulla County developers and realtors are fighting tooth and nail to defeat a referendum that would protect Wakulla’s wetlands.

It is puzzling to me how the Vote No on Referendum A folks can proclaim such passion for property rights, protecting the constitution, etc., yet they go through the county stealing our Vote YES on Referendum A signs. This requires trespassing on private property, theft, and a violation of our free speech rights. It also flies in the face of common decency to treat your neighbors and community members with such disrespect. I would love to know how you Vote NO folks explain this to yourselves in the mirror every morning.

So now you have stolen our sign and those of hundreds of other Vote YES supporters, but we are not at all daunted by your desperate actions. While you must lie awake at night, wringing your thieving hands with despair because you live in a democracy when you would be much more comfortable in a dictatorship – we are excited and filled with anticipation. On November 4th thousands of Wakulla County voters will have the opportunity to vote the way they want to vote. Hopefully in spite of your efforts to smother an intelligent public discussion, they will be well informed and will vote YES on Referendum A because they understand the local ecology and economy in Wakulla County and how they are co-dependent.

We will continue to post our signs, get creative in the face of destruction and make our own homemade signs, and talk to open-minded friends and neighbors about why we support Referendum A. When you vote NOers are looking at your angry red faces in the mirror tomorrow, ranting about property rights, stop and ask yourself how you will guard your property from the next storm surge that comes through after you have destroyed nature’s natural storm surge speed-bumps, which are our wetlands. Ask yourself where you will go fishing after you have destroyed nature’s fish nurseries – which are our wetlands and marshes. Make a plan for yourself and your children and their children to live in a different kind of place that is defenseless against high tides and no longer has blue crabs, oysters, clams, scallops, fish, etc. to eat and simply marvel over. This is the world you break the law to create.

And while you are contemplating these consequences of your actions, we will be happily making more signs, sharing our love for our wetlands with everyone and making good use of the democracy that men and women are fighting for all around the world.

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About the Author

Linda Young has been the executive director of the Clean Water Network of Florida since 1994. From 1989 to 1997, she founded and published a monthly statewide environmental newspaper. Over the past twenty three years, she has co-founded some of the most long-lasting and effective environmental organizations in the Southeast, including the Gulf Restoration Network, Gulf Coast Environmental Defense and C.A.T.E. She holds a B.A. in Communications from Southern Oregon University and a M.A. in Political Science/Campaign Management from the University of West Florida.

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