|Note the levee in this photo of the 8 1/2 square mile area. Alice Pena lives at the "A"|
There is this woman from the 8 1/2 square mile area, Alice Pena. I have seen her around for years and years. At issue, people are living where they shouldn't be living and the Feds bought about half of them out with millions of OUR tax dollars (because the Everglades couldn't be re-hydrated properly with the people in the way). The noisy lady still fights for this area and it is largely because of her, the whole damn area wasn't condemned. The fighting went on for years and years...and years. However, the area left where people are living is still mostly wetlands. DERM is left to police it for violations.
I have always considered Pena, in an effort to be kind, "Unique." In any event, the brain dead people living in District 8 elected Lynda Bell to office and all of a sudden Alice Pena has earned her street creds. Lynda had a hearing for her (and John DuBois) even though Pena is far from Lynda Bell's district and then Lynda Bell put together a Wetlands Task Force putting Alice on it. Alice is the biggest voice at the wetlands task force meetings. Moss, at the commission meeting forming the wetlands task force, said "Don't throw DERM under the bus" and that is EXACTLY what this Task Force is doing. At each meeting rock mining interests and people from the 8 1/2 square mile area give testimony.
The rock miners are giddy with happiness over this Task Force because the county regulators have been driving them crazy and this task force, of un-environmental folks, is trashing the regulators. The Farm Bureau types (what I consider the let's move the UDB agriculture people) were also giddy and they put Alice Pena as head of their group: The Farm Bureau. Yes I am shaking my head incredulously since she is hardly a farmer with less than 5 acres, even though she takes a $56,430 ag benefit.
|Alice Pena Awarded by Lynda Bell|
To me, Pena is being used as a pawn in the war against environmental regulation. Whatever, they can choose whatever wacky leader they want. But Lynda Bell has elevated Pena to a force. She has Norman Braman's backing to run for County Commissioner.
Alice Pena, even though she was on the Wetland's Task Force decided to make a County Commission citizens presentation February 21st about what the Task Force is doing. That is not a citizen presentation. She is advisory personnel of the County about wetlands, not a citizen. Had any environmentalist done this, we would have been thrown out of the Commission Chambers. The County Commissioners didn't care at this February 21st meeting. Most of them took the opportunity to trash the regulators too. Pot shots flew around the dais for about an hour, and there you have it.
Now I URGE YOU to read yesterday's post about the Feb. 21st presentation again. Gimleteye assumes you know all this. He is smarter than me but I can explain the basics better than him. We both agree on one thing: Lynda Bell is dangerous to the environment, on a par with Pepe Diaz. Hard to decide who is worse.
ALSO READ MY INVESTIGATIVE REPORT Why would a guy form a mortgage corporation a few days before a closing, write just one mortgage, that mortgage to Lynda Bell's husband...What would be a reasonable explanation?