Aug 222018
 

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Op/Ed

by John Donnelly

Monroe County residents from every corridor and walk of life have contacted me to convey their revolting disgust with county government and staff because of what they’ve allowed to happen to them and their families.

The lives of these Americans have been destructively altered by the reckless conduct and malfeasant relationships that exist between developers and government officials. These residents can no longer live and enjoy the lives they sought to realize by living in the Florida Keys.

Chronic traffic jams, accidents, pollution and reckless drivers  place their children and families at risk. Fatalities and vehicular injuries on the only highway traversing Monroe County has become “standard operating procedure” for residents living in the Florida Keys.

Becoming severely disabled via catastrophic wounds incurred while bicycling, walking or simply driving to the store has  become an “acceptable norm.”

Those determined to over-develop and over-populate our island communities, while destructively paving over what was once considered “paradise,” have finally gotten their way.

Free, easy and unfettered access onto our islands via the recently constructed expansion bridge at the Key Largo point of entry has adversely affected the safety of our citizens and the quality of their lives. The “draw bridge” that once stood as a protective barrier for our island neighborhoods and the Fragile Aquatic Ecosystem upon which we live, was torn down in acquiescence to those worshipping the almighty dollar.

The expansion bridge welcomes into our lives too many tourists and motorists who are simply bored and/or nauseated by the hellhole that’s become Miami.

Urban sprawl has introduced many criminal elements into our neighborhoods and communities. Innocent individuals, families and their properties have been targeted, harmed, exploited and feloniously assaulted. Such has been the price of pursuing an ecological imbalance fostered by an unhealthy partnership between governments and developers. Hoisted upon their own petards, they too are being suffocated by the debris and toxicity they’ve allowed to take root, advance and fester unchecked. They will eventually leave the wasteland they’ve created and destroy something else.

Subservience, submissiveness and blanket obedience to an  authoritarian rule unresponsive to the governed, breeds tyrants and slaves.

 

 

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John Donnelly, a resident of Key Largo was born, raised and went to high school in the South Bronx. Upon graduation he was awarded several scholarships to college. He chose to enlist in the United Sates Marine Corps. While serving in Vietnam John was wounded in action. He received two meritorious promotions, one during combat. Upon discharge and return to America, John had a difficult time transitioning back into civilian life. He found himself homeless for the next 4 years. As he worked out some troublesome concerns, he began to yearn to make some sense of his experiences via education. He sought and received his GI Bill benefits. He later graduated frpm the University of Miami on the President’s Honor Roll. While working at a Maximum Security Prison Facility for criminally insane adolescents, he earned a Master of Science degree from Florida International University.
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 August 22, 2018  Posted by at 9:36 am ~ Opinion ~, John Donnelly, Letter to the Editor  Add comments

  One Response to “Over-development Grinds Islands Into Wasteland ”

  1. Dave Singerman,

    Thank you for the well-developed and written comment addressing my article. In the relative world of a “free country” a consequence of living free cannot rationally be accepted as destructively overdeveloping a string of islands until they stew in the toxicity of environmental ruin from over-population and resource depletion.

    Appropriate Management of Growth and Development as it relates to the Fragile Aquatic Ecosystem and Critical Area of Environmental Concern, which makes up the Florida Keys, are the determining factors regulating who, how many and what type of development is approved.

    There is no “dream” to realize by anyone when the waters surrounding the “dreams” they’ve been sold are polluted, beaches are closed, roadways continually congested with traffic and debris; and tons of animals and aquatic sea life are washed up on the shores by their homes, dead and decaying.

    Dave, no complaint here. I’ve been aggressively fighting corruption and over-development on the firing line of life where the rubber meets the road for over 44 years.

    My article is designed to share the truth as I’ve come to know and experience it.

    Thank you again for your thought provoking critique…

    Blessings & Respect

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