Friday, June 2, 2017

Drew Martin had another Letter to the Editor published in The Palm Beach Post today!

Can you believe it? By the way, are you wondering why Drew Martin gets published so much in the Post? He knows the trick.

There is an excerpt from Mr. Martin’s letter below. By far he’s the most-published individual in the history of that newspaper: letters, commentaries, “Point of View”, quoted in news articles, you name it. Whether you like Mr. Martin or not, respect him or not, the fact is he’s a legend in the environmental community.

So imagine my surprise last year when the Broward/Palm Beach New Times published their list of the “The 19 Best Environmentalists in South Florida”. At the time, two of the 19 were from the City of Lake Worth: former-Commissioner Chris McVoy, PhD, and Mr. Peter ‘Panagioti’ Tsolkas.

But McVoy and Tsolkas weren’t the news when the New Times’ news came out.

The news that day is who wasn’t on the list: Drew Martin. Here are some of the others that did make the list:
  • Beam Furr
  • Guy Harvey
  • David Shiffman
  • David Fleshler
  • Michael Madfis
  • Kristin Jacobs
  • Christine Stapleton
  • Rachel Silverstein
  • Chris Brennan
  • Susan Hargreaves
  • Jenny Staletovich
Since “The List” was published Mr. Martin ran for a seat on the Palm Beach County Commission (he didn’t win), the Loxahatchee Sierra Club of which he is a member endorsed candidates for the 2015/2016 Lake Worth elections (they all lost), and he continues to attend virtually any and every meeting held by the County on any and every issue when it comes to the environment. However, most vexing of all, continues to ignore the question on this blog, “Waiting for a response to Eastward Ho!”.

Anyhow, here is an excerpt from Drew Martin’s letter in the Post today:

Alligators are our defense against invasive species such as pythons, iguanas and monitor lizards. Alligators and crocodiles are the top predators in the Everglades ecosystem. If we remove them, we will open the door to these other invasive species. While alligators may seem threatening, they are far less threatening than pythons.

Interestingly, haven’t seen any news lately about any organization or efforts to remove alligators from the Everglades, but there’s a whole lot of news from SFWMD lately about snakes though:

The South Florida Water Management District Governing Board is taking aggressive action to protect the Everglades and eliminate invasive pythons from its public lands.
     The Governing Board approved a pilot monetary compensation program to incentivize a limited number of public-spirited individuals to kill pythons. The program gives participants unprecedented access to SFWMD lands in an effort to remove these destructive snakes, which have become an apex predator in the Everglades.