There are always cool things we as boaters can experience from the water. Below is a video of an interview of two men who were out on their power boat 35 miles off the coast of Tarpon Springs Florida and came across a whale shark. I have never paddled that far off of our coast into the Gulf of Mexico. Nevertheless, it is great to know that that type of wildlife is alive and well.
Did you know that our Florida House of Representatives is debating on opening our waters to oil drilling between 3 and 10 miles off of Florida’s Gulf coastline? I think this will harm our healthy environment.
I live in a part of Florida, USA where tourism generates the majority of our revenue. People come to enjoy the manatees/seabirds/dolphins/big game fish/and plants. Unfortunately, in the pursuit of improving economics our policy makers are creating policies that are damaging the things tourists are paying to see. It is madding. I think Pope John Paul II said it best that “Modern Society will find no solution to the ecological problem unless it takes a serious look at its lifestyles”. And Pam in Argyll Scotland has reminded me that Rachel Carson wisely said, “man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself.”
I think the pursuit of profit is killing what people yearn to see. – Jeff
Check out these three articles…
“House OKs Florida drilling but bill stalled” Wire reports, Tuesday, 28 April, 2009
“Oil drilling proponent mum on the trade-offs” Herald-Tribune, Sunday, 31 May, 2009, By GLENN COMPTON Guest Columnist about the possibility of drilling for oil ten miles off of our Florida coast.