October 17, 2018
Something stinks. No, a whole lot of stuff stinks! However, in Jasper County, it does not seem to matter.
Note to Jasper County BOC and the P&Z Director:
Bald Eagles remain protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. That would include the bald eagle that just laid eggs in the nest on Jackson Lake this past weekend and will be affected by blasting to take place tomorrow (10/18/18) at noon.
Shane Sealy sent out a map to some residents on Eagle Dr. Monday, showing where the blasting site on the Peninsula development project would be. He said the blasting site(s) would be 3000 feet away from the Eagles Nest.
After all the questioning by neighbors in the area, guess what? A new map was sent out by Shane today. Here is the email he sent with the map.
On Wednesday, October 17, 2018 5:25 PM, Shane Sealy <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
I am providing another map as the google image that was given to me originally was not correct location. The map that is attached is accurate. Let me know if you have any questions.
And here is the new map he sent out. This new map shows that the blasting will be a little more than “required” 650 feet away from the eagle’s nest. Sealy tells people this is all the further it has to be. What happened to the Fish & Wildlife Permit requirement?
The first map Shane sent was grossly inaccurate and most likely, purposely misleading.
We have prepared a map to show approximately where the eagles nest is in relation to the new (supposedly correct) blast site. The blasting will take place at noon tomorrow. Sealy has talked to a person on Eagle Dr. and said, in essence, there was nothing they could do to stop the blasting.
There has never been any official notification sent to residents of blasting. This entire situation is BAD, and the blame lies with 1-Shane Sealy who has done nothing but send out bogus maps and put up a small flimsy sign as notification. 2-Mike Benton, who is Shane Sealy’s boss, but seems to fail at any oversight. 3-The Jasper County BOC who seem to be more concerned about developers than the people living here they are supposed to serve.
Let us pray the blasting will not upset the eagles so much that they abandon the eggs that were just laid or the nest that has been there for decades.
Citizens, be informed and stay informed! Only by being informed, can the citizens understand what is being done and talked about, and then press our officials to make good decisions for everyone in Jasper County. That is our goal with the Taxdogs blog.