UPDATE: BCC kicks environmental cans down the road



From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: Commissioners Ciampi, Smith and Jenkins joined forces today to delay — if not kill — a request by Commissioner Sarah Heard to seek federal endangered species designations for wildlife in the Indian River Lagoon.


Support for Doug Smith and Ed Ciampi’s opposition to Commissioner Heard’s request was provided by County Purchasing Manager Nicole Carey, wife of one of Commissioner Heard’s opponents in the District 4 Commission primary (Harold Markey).


Commissioner Heard noted that if endangered species designations are obtained for birds/reptiles/animals that inhabit the Lagoon, more protection will be available for the Lagoon to battle toxic pollutants. 


The Smith-Ciampi-Jenkins majority wanted to delay the process and especially to require a lengthy procedure to choose a consultant to study the issue and have staff come forward with an agenda item to maybe perhaps do something sometime.


The same delaying tactic was employed in response to Commissioner Heard’s motion to have the County take steps to determine whether to impose a ban on glyphosate (Roundup).  Instead of moving forward with looking into how or whether to impose a ban, Smith persuaded Ciampi and Jenkins to direct staff look into the proposal and make a presentation to the Commission without direction.

On a more positive note, a request to extend Martin County’s fertilizer ban from four to six months — as Sewall’s Point and the City of Stuart have done — was approved on a 4-1 vote, with only landscape company owner Harold Jenkins opposed.

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