Board Chairman Rusty DePratter made no comment as President Malwitz-Jipson once again requested that the county write a resolution to ban fracking. Since OSFR first made this request months ago, many other counties, municipalities and official groups have signed on, but Columbia has taken no action. Nor have they given any reason for their inaction.
Additional needs outlined by President Malwitz-Jipson include better sanitary facilities along the Santa Fe River. Recreational use of this river by canoers and kayakers has exploded in recent years and it seems the commissioners do not realize this. Rum Island Park is especially neglected and constitutes a shame and embarrassment for the County.
The BOCC voted in $115,000 for toilets months ago but no improvement has been made on the 44 acre free public Columbia County Park at Rum Island.
Another locale needing facilities is the boat ramp at the bridge on Hwy 27 west of High Springs. OSFR commends the board for its allocations, but urges action now.