Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Earth First is having a protest on Friday!

Are you ready for a protest? Not a regular protest but one with entertainment and frivolity. Do you know how to walk in stilts, juggle, enjoy elf suits, are you into the "furry" subculture, and trained in the use of noisemakers? And lastly, do you like Christmas songs? How's this Christmas song from our friends at Earth First:
Tis’ the Season to Save the Tortoise (Fa La La La)
O’ Briger Trees (How Lovely Are Thou Needles)
Have Yourself a Merry Little Blockade
Kolter Got Ran Over By ______
Rocking Around the Briger Trees
The Twelve Days of Protest
Earth First! is Coming to Town
Silent Night, Scripps Ain’t Right
On December 5th, Earth First (EF) staged a protest in Palm Beach Gardens to 'save' the Briger Forest. This Friday, December 12th, they are having their second protest. As you'll discover in the following information, EF's effort is way too little way too late. Our Lake Worth friends and EF leaders/organizers Cara Jennings and Panagioti Tsolkas are actually FOUR YEARS TOO LATE to the debate about the Briger Tract. (The Broward New Times, one of the pro-media outlets for EF, didn't even bother to report on the protest on 12/5.) This is what Palm Beach Post reporter Tony Doris wrote about the Briger Tract on 12/6:
And on Thursday [12/4/14], several years after Scripps launched in earnest, the Palm Beach Gardens City Council gave Briger a key go-ahead, approving the plat map that draws lines through the property designating the project’s boundaries, roadways on its east side, drainage, buffers and other essentials for development.

The approval was “ministerial,” in the words of [Palm Beach Gardens] city Planning Director Natalie Crowley, in that the council approved the overall development in 2010. But it represented a milestone for the undertaking, as The Kolter Group’s heavy equipment begins to fell trees to create construction access roads that will turn into boulevards and byways for a massive mix of residential and commercial activity.
Not only is the Briger Tract being developed, just South of the Briger Tract is a new major interchange proposed off of I-95 as reported by Joe Capozzi at the Post. This interchange would link Central Boulevard with Donald Ross Road to the north.

The EF protest may in fact resemble an Irish Wake more than a traditional radical protest, don't you think? If you've never been to an Irish Wake you have no idea what you're missing.

But it's not my place to be the downer here. The EF protest should be fun and entertaining for most of those involved. That is if you don't mind being on the FDLE, FBI, and PBSO watchlist.


Parking is complicated so PAY ATTENTION:
  • From I-95 take the Donald Ross Road Exit and go east. Make a left (North) onto Central Blvd.
  • At the roundabout follow signs to Main Street. Public parking is plentiful.
  • Have your car parked by 4:00 and a shuttle will take you to the protest location. 
  • Be respectful. Do not obstruct private and pubic access. Thank you!
Unsure or confused? Text “BRIGER” TO 84576. Note, service charges may apply. Contact your cell phone company for further information.

Note: the protest starts at 4:30 and ends at 6:30. You can protest and then spend the rest of the night telling all your friends about how radical you are! How cool is that! Get out your costume and practice. Not much time is left. Don't forget to say hello to Cara and Peter.