Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Monday's 3 Part Post Regarding The Gutting of Wetland Regulation: Here are the Cliff Notes. By Geniusofdespair

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?

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

If you don't kill all the weeds, they grow back. The Feds should have removed all the people on the wrong side of the levee, that was the mistake.

Anonymous said...

Stay on it, Eyeonmiami. You might just catch a whale.

Sparrow said...

Great post, G.of D.!! Remember Madeleine Fortin? Thought she was worse, but I guess she finally moved. The stinkiest part of this is the 8.5 SMA residents claim this is discrimination against Latinos, given many are Cuban exiles. Give me a break! Those who moved in legally need to read the US Constitution when they declare "freedom" is the ability to plop themselves ANYWHERE, forever, irrespective of public interest, and ignore legal proceedings. The law requires just compensation, not the right to plug up an area deemed critical for restoration in a long, legal procveeding. I imagine Ms. Pena will scream until she gets bought out for a ridiculous, unfairly high amount and exposes that her outrage was just a way to squeeze out more compensation.

Amy said...

Thank you for the summary.

Anonymous said...

This county commission is from hunger.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Linda for giving Mrs. Pena a grand send off for challenging you. She will make a great Commissioner for us. Run! Run! Mrs. Pena.

Anonymous said...

Who is this guy John Dubois, the one who appears in the Youtube video of one of Lynda Bell’s first official acts upon taking office - a townhall meeting (i.e. berating) about DERM? He hardly seems like the 8.5 Square Mile type, but appears to hate DERM at least as much as Alice Pena does. In fact, Pena seems to have taken many of the words right out of Dubois’ mouth.

Anonymous said...

Who the hell is on this taskforce besides this Pena chick?

Geniusofdespair said...

Jose Fuentes, and a bunch of others...
the list is somewhere on this blog, good luck finding the list.

Anonymous said...

Alice, I think is a realtor by trade.... There is illegal ranches and restaurants out there... at one point, they even had a winery called the Miami Winery out there illegally. Probably a bit of gambling, slaughter houses and God knows what else next to her house.

How she managed to sweep into the Farm Bureau is beyond me... you would think the growers would b insulted... I guess she is Katy E's mini-me.

She wants street lights, sidewalks and mega houses out there... She already managed the charter school, didn't she?

Anonymous said...

I have no problem with her - she has been living there and she does not need her property taken from her

Anonymous said...

Her mothers egg farm is safe. They provided flood control for Pena and her neighbors.

Anonymous said...

The Corps project was not intended to provide additional flood control / protection to the area. It was to mitigate any additional flooding that might occur as a result of directing more water into the east everglades as part of everglades restoration. The 8.5 SMA area has always flooded, and will again, because it is very low lying and mostly wetlands. It’s part of the everglades for gods sake. The difference between flood protection and flood mitigation is not something Ms. Pena and others in the 8.5 SMA seem to be able to understand. In fact, Pena insists they have been provided with flood protection, and therefore the 8.5 SMA can’t be wetlands. Twisted logic, by someone who appears to be either willfully uninformed or willfully deceitful. Taken with her other baseless claims - DERM taking people’s land, levying enormous fines (when only the courts can assess fines), jumping fences, preventing people from mowing their lawns, killing agriculture in Dade County - I would think that she is being the latter.

Anonymous said...

The Corps project was not intended to provide additional flood control / protection to the area. It was to mitigate any additional flooding that might occur as a result of directing more water into the east everglades as part of everglades restoration. The 8.5 SMA area has always flooded, and will again, because it is very low lying and mostly wetlands. It’s part of the everglades for gods sake. The difference between flood protection and flood mitigation is not something Ms. Pena and others in the 8.5 SMA seem to be able to understand. In fact, Pena insists they have been provided with flood protection, and therefore the 8.5 SMA can’t be wetlands. Twisted logic, by someone who appears to be either willfully uninformed or willfully deceitful. Taken with her other baseless claims - DERM taking people’s land, levying enormous fines (when only the courts can assess fines), jumping fences, preventing people from mowing their lawns, killing agriculture in Dade County - I would think that she is being the latter.

Anonymous said...

Genius,

You state "she (A Pena) is hardly a farmer".with less than 5 acrea. You must realize that there are hundreds of small farmers 5, 21/2, 10 acres like my self who make a living and many who supplement their incomes with Social Security, retirement incomes, etc. Don't knock the small farmer; we out number the big ones, mostly, who lease Ag land owned by outside interests &
(foreigh investors. It would be
interesting for eye-on-miami to
just see how many acres make up individual little farms and just who owns the large chunks of
Agricultural land.

Alice Pena and her egg farm in a wetland mudhole will cry to FEMA when Mother Nature storms in & dumps her H20. who pays but US.


Old Dude

Anonymous said...

Answer to the earlier question about John Dubois - he owns a very expensive property on the waterfront in Palmetto Bay and I think he mowed down a bunch of mangroves and got busted by DERM. So now he rails against DERM for their "attack on his property rights".

Anonymous said...

Yes, John Dubois has a property in the water in Palmetto Bay. I do believe he has issues with DERM, probably because of mangrove or other coastal violations at his property.