OSFR had a presence at the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council at its monthly meeting in Lake City on Thursday evening, Sept. 26, 2019.
Board member Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson spoke to the Council of the dangers of big industry which brings a few jobs but in the long run may harm our natural resources. She mentioned the concept of Nature’s Rights and specifically the Santa Fe River which must have the right to exist naturally without the danger of being destroyed by humans who devour our planet for profit with no care for future generations.
Seven Springs Bottling Company and Nestle Water are examples of those types of businesses.
Your historian gave an overview of the Seven Springs/Nestle permit situation and highlighted the fact that the Santa Fe River needs to recuperate from current and past abuses. No new increases must be allowed because they would hamper the required restoration of the springs and river.
Stew Lilker of the Columbia County Observer speaks to protocol, transparency and rights of the public.
Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
-A river is like a life: once taken, it cannot be brought back-