PARADISE LOST

Submitted by: Chris Warner

Dear Editor:
The citizens of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Destin, Florida were bushwhacked. They never saw it coming. Or did they?

Ongoing costs of residential growth outpacing adequate infrastructure development are real to these communities, as their citizens’ quality of life has been diminished as more humans move to their already crowded coastal cities. As a result, residents pine for earlier days when traffic and congestion weren’t a part of their daily lexicon. It is a recurring planning nightmare: Resort town becomes a hot destination to live and retire, fueling an unprecedented real estate boom. The folks pour in, the banks, builders and real estate agents literally make bank, and ultimately, the golden goose is killed—as every place has a finite capacity to move people on roads. In Alabama’s most affluent coastal communities—the Daphne/Fairhope and Gulf Shores/Orange Beach areas, this alarming trend is evident—or is it?

Smart growth is somewhat idiomatic but it is simple in concept: Grow as you can with respect to your infrastructure, public facilities and service capacity. Managing growth requires political will to respect density levels so as to not disrupt this delicate balance. For example, you would not long be able to accommodate two additional families in your family’s home. There simply are not enough resources to sustain and make life easy for that many people in such a small space. There is a finite carrying capacity to each town and place and it is proven that smaller towns and cities enjoy a higher quality of life. Politicians must target each city’s “sweet spot” in terms of development toward that capacity.

Quality of life has been best defined as, “The gap between what you want and what you have.” It is government’s job to fill that gap. However, in a unique situation as this, once you overdevelop an area that is bound by geography like the Eastern Shore, or Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, which precludes a gridded pattern because of water, it could become nearly impossible if current building trends continue. When citizens are confronted with an unfavorable quality of life based on traffic, commute times, crowded schools, etc. they are free to exercise their invisible foot and move to a more favorable place that enjoys a higher quality of life. In America people are free to choose where they live and pay taxes.

Cities effective in managing growth leverage public transportation as an option for moving people. Gulf Shores/Orange Beach could work together to create a trolley similar to the famed New Orleans and San Francisco cable car lines. This would work as it could run parallel to the beach road and span from Gulf Shores to the Florida State Line, providing service to the island and back. Perhaps Fairhope and Daphne could employ a ferry to Mobile to relieve its growing traffic stagnation?

Baldwin County cities must work together to solve infrastructure and growth problems. A regional approach must be employed if property values of Alabama’s riches coastal communities and their life quality are to be protected and enriched. If nothing is done in a short few years, residents will feel like the proverbial frog in the boiling pot—it will be too late.

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Anonymyass

What a joke. Warner is not the intellectual he thinks he is. He is, however, the idiot everybody knows he is! Get a job your loser. LMAO!

U coward

Still being little bitch I see Anonmyass!
It’s a good thing you are too scared to use your real name. Just like Drunk Tucker Dorsey, DUI Chris Elliott and worthless Thomason. You all would rather walk a mile through chicken shit to tell a lie than stand in front of someone and just tell the truth. Anonmyass is just another sorry excuse for a catalyst.

Anonymyass

Wrong again douche bag! Just reiterating how big of an idiot Warner is and how stupid you all to listen to his and Ripp’s drivel. Sheep!!

Anonymous

With D R Horton, Truland and Belaton being fun by Cox and Pribble we can see them financing Candidates by using Catalyst we can see these getting in office to cause the destruction
They use The terms “Christian” and “Conservative” to hide their true greed.
Many people will be voting for the Democratic candidates in the Genersl Election
Catalyst is the cancer and crossing on the ballot will be the chemo

Anonymous

What these immature hateful people don’t understand that we will lose our piece of paradise if we let the old regime continue their evil ways.

No one can see the forest through the trees with this council. No plan, no vision, just obstruction.

Only 2 are from Fairhope and they’ve already been cashing in. Kevin and Robert. The rest have no clue what our history is and no desire to protect our quality of life.

Anonymous

We are losing it fast. What can we do to wake the people up? I think with all the people have moved in do not care

Catalyst NO GOOD

Don’t worry. Everyone know not to vote for the lying, theiving and sorry ass Catalyst. Still continue to spread the word. It certainly showed this past Tuesday that people know what self centered assholes the Catalyst are and not to vote for them.

Anonymous

We have found out how big and connected they have been and how they have infiltrated our home. Look at the difference between this election and the past elections. They are no longer holding a 100 percent win rate. Future candidates will be shamed if they employ this outfit. We have made progress.
The next step is to watch them as they change their name in order to deceive the voters. Watch the movements of certain people and who they endorse. Their names are known and we will inform the public. Their tracks will tell us in what form the devil has taken

Anonymous

For the catalyst candidates that got the primary I will vote the Democrat. Better to vote in a liberal than a phony Republican

Anonymous

i am going to vote on democrat too to keep these gangsters out. i am telling everyone i know too.

Anonymous

I am doing the same

Dean Cain Mosey On

And how does one LEGALLY stop a development if by right the project fits the zoning? 94 new homes coming!!! Oh no! Wait it’s on 45 acres? Next to a more dense subdivision? Ummm…. NOT IN MY BACK YARD!

Anonymous

You must be one of those who work for the builders. We are going to stop ehat you are doing. They stopped Tucker in Seascape before he came here. We have been going over there and finding our alot

Anonymous

Tucker changed the law and we will change it back

Anonymous

With you catalysts, you want to squeeze 3,000 houses in 45 acres. You guys are lying sacks of shit. Yiu lie, steal, and call yourselves Christian when you are really greedy thieves feeding off the gullible. But more are finding out about you

Anonymous

Hey Catalyst – more and more are learning about you and what you are doing. As more and more find out then you will lose more and more. No amount of cash your subdivision builders buy you for will get in in office. Boone just might have to find honest work