St. Marys’ Rock Shrimp Festival is annual event, but as voters go to the polls this November, one must consider who is dedicated to protecting the Georgia coastline and who’s more interested in protecting corporate interests such as British Petroleum.
It is an opportunity for southeast Georgian moderates and independents to re-consider whether to pull the lever automatically for Republicans on November 2nd.
The Rock Shrimp Festival in downtown St. Marys, Georgia will be held on September 25th and is hosted by the Kiwanis Club.
This festival celebrates the rock shrimp which is found in Georgia’s coastal waters. The rock shrimp looks almost like a tiny lobster and its taste is somewhere between shrimp and lobster.
The fishing and seafood industry is big in southeastern Georgia, but voting for Republicans and their agenda puts the region at risk.
The BP disaster will have long-lasting effects along the Gulf Coast and will definitely affect the tourism and fishing industry.
Camden County is fortunate that their waters are currently clean and their fishing and tourism industry aren’t in peril like their Gulf Coast neighbors.
A vote for Republicans will likely mean environmental and economic justice will be denied or delayed for Gulf Coast residents, but it will mean that congressional Republicans will push for more offshore drilling along coastal regions that include Georgia’s southeastern coast.
Does anyone remember Texas Republican Joe Barton and his ‘shakedown’ comments in regard to President Obama and British Petroleum?
Independent and moderate conservatives who live in St. Marys, Brunswick, and coastal Savannah will need to resist the temptation of voting against their best interests and their community’s best interests.
Transitioning to green or clean energy is a must, and the sooner this country moves forward on this, the better off the country will be.
A ban on deepwater wells lasts until the end of November and Congressional elections on Nov. 2 may intensify public pressure on BP after tens of thousands of job were lost in oil exploration, fishing and tourism. A bill passed by the House in July and stalled in the Senate would bar BP from new offshore leases because of its safety record.
If push comes to shove, Jack Kingston will side the oil companies and off shore drilling and Johnny Isakson will continue to block any legislation which would hold oil companies like British Petroleum (BP) responsible.
The barrier islands of Glynn County is a perennial tourist area that brings hundreds of thousands of visitors a year, and is a major contributor to the local economy.
David Kyler, director of the St. Simons Island-based Center for a Sustainable Coast, had commented to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in early April and said oil drilling anywhere along the Atlantic coast from Delaware to Florida could harm the Georgia coast.
“Georgia should not be our only concern,” said Kyler. “Currents, winds and waves could carry any contamination here. It also could contaminate species in other areas that migrate here. There’s no way of containing it.”