Drainage problem correction - 1997-12-02

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Drainage problem correction - 1997-12-02

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Drainage problem correction - 1997-12-02
Gray, Paul N.
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Ranchers -- Law and legislation -- Florida
Okeechobee, Lake (Fla.) ( lcsh )

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cc:Mail for: Paul Gray I'd rather avoid the lawyers and just shoot hi.m. The reason we have not gone to court yet i.s we could never sell the Sanctuary while i.t was ti.ed up i.n l i. tigati.on. The drainage issue WILL resolve itself soon [when the engineers get their numbers] wi. th an order from the Water Management Di.strict for Haynes to take water. If he fights that order, then ei. ther they wH l take him to court, or we will, or both of us will. We will have engineering numbers to prove our case. And IF Audubon goes to court against him, I think we have a mul ti.-mi 11 ion dollar suit for damages including --replace 1000 dead oak trees at some price--perhaps 5000 dollars a tree [whatever replacement of a 50-year-old tree would be] for 5 mi. 11 i.on --damage to other plants --loss of burrowing animal guilds --i.ncaluculable value of an endangered species --excessive staff ti.me --destroying our culvert --lease hunting the easement i.n violation of our contract --blah blah That would be a big suit and we would, by that time, have the sympathy of our neighbors, i.. e. , we won't be condenrned locally for picking on a poor little guy just trying to make a l i.vi.ng in an honest way. But, if we can resolve this with the Di.strict and cooperating land owners, that would be best. It would be a model program through which we got appropriate drainage. We might sue him later i.f desired to recover our damages--I'm not sure. As for making an issue of thi.s problem, Audubon Magazine just had an article about the fight i.n Florida to save the Cape Sable Sparrow from exti.ncti.on. It talked of a population of several thousand sparrows and Stuart Pi.nm' s work--Univ. of Tennessee. MEANWHILE, Audubon itself is leading a grim battle on one of i.ts own Sanctuaries to save a subpopulation of Grasshopper Sparrows, who number perhaps 600 total. Our story has it al 1--personal property rights, water laws, endangered species protection, agency inaction, dedicated Audubon staff ....... no space i.n our magazine. We 11 anyway, I ' 11 keep you posted. Paul Paul-Can't we just back hoe out the dike out and let it flow? He is never going to voluntarily work with us. Let make hi.m sue us. Now that I have that off my chest, lets talk about what we should do. We must make an issue of this some how. Norm Subject: Drainage problem correction Author: Paul Gray Date: 12/1/97 4:03 PM Hi., Before I sent the letter to Haynes I changed a key thing. In the i.nvi.tati.on I added, 'You can show us your problems as well, i.f you wish.' That includes hi.m more, and he wi.11 not be able to show us any real problems--so i.t calls his ongoing bluff about hi.s problems i.n a friendly way. Paul


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