Responsible Growth Management Coalition
Dear RGMC Member:
hope all of you had a very happy Earth Day.
Of course, this sentiment is mostly redundant, for those of us
who love the environment celebrate Earth Day every day.
This is our home. This
is where we work, where we play. We
raise our children and visit with our grandchildren under swaying palms.
People from all over the world visit us to enjoy our sandy
beeches and balmy weather (albeit sometimes downright hot).
Along our miles of coastline they forget their worries while
bolstering our economy. The
very quality of our lives is dependent upon the health of the
environment. As we celebrate
our Earth Days we are constantly reminded of the challenges in keeping
Yet when others view the natural wonders of our home they see nothing more than quick profits. Such people have no regard for the long term consequences of their profiteering. The destruction characteristic of irresponsible growth is permanent and potentially catastrophic to our health and, ironically, to our economy.
Many challenges face us and the RGMC is ready to face these assaults against our homes head on.
Please respond to these threats to our environment by contacting your representatives in the state and local governments and expressing your concern.
even in these trying times the news is not all bad.
The decision of the DEP to include the streams and rivers leading
Power and Light is demonstrating what responsible growth is all about.
They are putting in additional power lines between Lee and
the Earthday Celebration at
While at the celebration I had the opportunity to speak with literally dozens of people regarding responsible growth. There are many in this area who share our values and who believe that our economic and environmental goals are not mutually exclusive. They feel, as we do, that single greatest resource we have is our environment and that decisions concerning growth should be made with consideration for long term benefit rather than short term profit. Itís gratifying to know that responsible growth is foremost on the minds of many of our neighbors.
We are still looking for a representative to the Agency for Bay
Management (ABM). If you are
interested in issues concerning