Author: MJ (---.prtc.net)
Date: 10-27-07 16:59
I'm staying dry, but Culebra isn't. As far as I can tell, beyond everyone finding out any and every leak in their house or boat, we'll fine. But there have been deaths on the big island due to mudslides - this is a very serious system. Also, the bays are full of mud...in part due to very bad building/clearing practices that we are trying to amend.
It is so easy to come here and say, oh it's so beautiful, I have the money, let's build here! And then not want to spend the money to protect what was the original reason to come here. Clear cutting without protective barriers in the building stages are extremely damaging to our fragile ecology...and this costs money people often don't want to pay or don't care about even addressing. This is, in my opinion, a criminal point of view.
Every rain event, any storm, shows the bays full of mud, damaging the coral, the fish, the ecological structure that makes Culebra unique. It is the same as if after eating a meal or buying groceries, you just throw it all in the canal by the bridge (which happens often, by the way). Everything people swear they love suffers while they say how pretty it is...right how.
And by the way, if you care about this at all and are a part of this community? Get with Coralations, meet with Benjiman, talk to Jorge or Pan...they can help YOU help Culebra stay the place you met and loved.
Oh...sorry Ruth! You just asked if I'm staying dry. I'm fine, thanks, mi amiga!