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WHEN WILL THE COUNTY get someone out to clean up south Augusta? Bobby Jones Expressway is a total disgrace and so is Highway 56. There is trash everywhere. How about getting our prisoners off their buttocks and putting them to work? We feed and clothe them, they can do a good day’s work for their keep.

I AM VERY PLEASED to hear the news that Harrisburg is now rid of the drug houses! Hoorah!

SO THE CITY WANTS Azziz and GRU to take on the mills and that chimney. I know there’s been a wish for a rowing team and maybe scuba lessons for ASU to talk on. Perhaps IF the state gives the monies to fund the mills for use, the stocking of fish in the canal, and a new name for that chimney, then GRU can take on rowing, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, scuba diving and other water sports in the canal. They could also work with the city to sponsor fishing tournaments, as well.

GLAD TO SEE THE former Golf and Garden’s property being cleaned up at least. Now, how fast can the state move to get the funding for buildings, etc. there?

TURNING OFF MY RADIO FOR GOOD. My kids love listening to pop songs. What 7-year-old doesn’t love “Call Me Maybe”? But there are so many new songs with inappropriate language. Fortunately, my children do not know these words. Unfortunately, I have to turn off Augusta pop stations so they are not exposed to that language. Note: there are versions of these songs without those words (or word parts) in them, but some local pop stations choose to (oftentimes) use the family un-friendly version). Advertisers who want to market to families should take their business elsewhere.

WHAT HAPPENED TO the law that bans clearing 50 feet from the rivers and wetlands? The banks have been cleaned and grass planted over the river banks. There have been insecticides, fertilizers, weed killers and all of the debris thrown in the rivers, both the Savannah and the Little River. I would gladly stop fishing on the Little River if the golf course owners would be required to replace the damage they have done on the river banks both the Little and the Savannah River.

IT IS AMAZING THAT Georgia’s and South Carolina’s part-time employees (the General Assemblies) can create so much havoc in such a short period of time.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/08/13 - 03:21 pm
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River Shoreline Laws

LL, I know you are conscientious finding the appropriate laws. And it could very well be you are correct, but, just as with Betty's Branch being considered open waterway, I can tell you what's "considered" legal along the river. Note we may simply be talking semantics because from Waters Edge through Augusta, certainly no buffer area is upheld. There are houses literally right on the river out where I live. As I noted, there is a different enforcement at the lake because of ownership.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/08/13 - 03:56 pm
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Enforcement

Yeah, the practicality is that the EPD enforces the buffer law only when they discover it (usually through an anonymous complaint) while the clearing is actually happening. Once a critical mass of property owners (or a single, well-heeled, well-connected property owner) have shaved their land down to the waterline, the EPD usually does not have the stomach to take them to court and have them re-establish the canopy.

They could prevail in court, but they just don't have the will.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/08/13 - 05:30 pm
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Canopy

Hey, RM, why don't you just be a good citizen (subject?) and plant some trees on your riverfront property within twenty-five feet of the riverbank? They will grow up and provide a cooling canopy over the river and you will be known far and wide as an environmentally co-operative person.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 04/08/13 - 07:34 pm
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My apologies JTF, reviewing

My apologies JTF, reviewing back, you are correct. South Augusta gets enough bad criticism and although our area might not be perfect, it is home and there are a lot of descent people who live here. It just seemed like another hot poke in a festering sore that sometimes gets the defenses up. I agree we have our share of road trash but don't feel South Augusta residents should take all the blame. Next time I'll try and not get my feathers ruffled. :)

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/08/13 - 08:48 pm
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Manual Deletion

Don't you just hate it when the Chronicle police manually remove the R&Rs from the "most discussed" list every afternoon while there is still active discussion going on?

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