Fort Hamer was investigated after the charges of environmental impact issues were raised and has been left as a settled non-issue -- another case of what's out of sight versus what's really going on.
Seeing what has taken place for months now is the dredging of areas that are spawning grounds for our valuable natural resources. Along with unseen dredging practices, the damage being done is evident along the riverbank at points which are rarely accessed. Destruction of riverbed oyster bars, bottom silt and closures are easily witnessed as this continues.
Once a river east of the Interstate 75 bridge that flowed unrestricted or even marked by channel markers, the Manatee River has become endangered as a resource which fosters our economy, our fish and mammals.
If you would see the pristine backwater and all its inhabitants, the aspect of progress wouldn't even enter the conversation.
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I urge the county sheriff's office and the Department of Natural Resources who patrol these waters to see what's taking place and act to stop this violation of public waterway destruction.