Coast Seafoods’ proposed expansion of their existing oyster beds has been a hot topic of late, with a few different groups and agencies weighing in on the anticipated future impact to our harbor.
Enviro-minded folks cite the potential environmental impacts as reasons to at least delay the expansion, while Coast Seafoods employees like Harbor Commissioner Greg Dale are quick to say “STFU, haters, you don’t know what you’re talking about” and point to the economic benefits that oysters will rain down on the area.
THC isn’t going to wade into the issue in too much depth (yet!), but we thought this article in the Times-Standard to be revealing of the leanings of our County’s Fish and Game Advisory Committee with regards to the project:
The T-S article is also very revealing about how much thought our Supervisors put into their jobs. Cue Supervisor Virginia Bass, who apparently couldn’t care less about the input from our County’s F&G committee or about the message that the County of Humboldt is sending to the Army Corps of Engineers about the viability of the oyster expansion project.
Here is Virginia Bass, from the T-S article, on the board’s decision to modify the letter to reflect that the opinions in the F&G Committee letter – which points out that Coast Seafoods maybe didn’t do well enough on their environmental impact report – are not the opinions of the Supervisors:
““Quite frankly, I have to sign the letter, I haven’t read it all,” board Chairwoman and 4th District Supervisor Virginia Bass said about the project’s environmental impact report .””
It is shameful that our County’s top representative is so busy that she can’t even read a letter, sent by a County-appointed committee to a federal agency, on a topic of huge environmental and economic impact.
Of course, this explains how Matthew Owen continues to get his permission slips to leave the house and spout nonsense signed despite a proven track record. (That, or Virginia has finally taken our gourmet Mike’s Hard Lemonade cocktail recipes for a spin.)
As for the Board wussing out on taking a strong position on the expansion, well, what do you expect? Wouldn’t want to step on anyone’s toes, would we now, Supes? Once again, many kudos for successfully passing the buck down to anyone but yourselves.
Of course, it’s maybe even a more odd that the Chairman of our Board of Supervisor’s, Virginia Bass, is too damn lazy to bother reading a short letter that may well have a huge impact on the future of our bay. You know, that priceless, sparkling jewel that helps make Humboldt so unique?
Huzzah, Virginia – Humboldt’s finest leadership at work.