‘Qui bono? Developer to profit from Martin lands and waters while trying to crush citizen opposition’


From Richard Spisak of Hobe Sound: Qui bono? 

Concerning an upcoming trial, attorney Mark Miller said that in First Amendment cases, it may be reasonable to say, “You’re not just using your First Amendment, you’re trying to scuttle an agreement that was reached.”

Let’s use the old saw — who benefits?

What is Maggy Hurchalla’s motivation? Is she seeking a fortune? Is she trying to pull a fast one on a rich developer? Is she trying to profit from the misfortune of others?

Luckily we have years of evidence of Hurchalla’s motivation; she has exhibited her “special interests” over the last few decades. When an environmentally concerned individual opposes the schemes of powerful, it’s never done casually. Never done the casual way a powerful person brushes aside a working woman.

What on the other hand is the agenda of the rich and powerful developer? Profit. Developers take natural resources and carelessly turn them into cash. That the vast resources of one more rich developer reaches out not just to profit from the lands and waters of Martin County but to crush citizen opposition. Not acting for the common good, not acting on behalf of our natural resources for all creatures furred and finned or the dependent human communities. No, simply profit.

If the developer can crush any informed opposition simply by virtue of their ability to bury the concerned in legal bills and a blizzard of paperwork, we will all be left gasping for air, and thirsty for lack of water.

“Throw shade”? Who is assaulting whom, with an armory of attorneys and lawsuits? Civil attacks with a phalanx of attorneys. Who is under assault, the rich developer? Or a citizen demanding a fair shake for the environment and for tomorrow’s silent children. “Throw shade” indeed.

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