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Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Fay Roberts writes us:
My name is Fay Roberts and I live in Perdido Beach. I read your report about launching at Palmetto Creek and your suggestions for others to use it. If something doesn't happen fast there will no longer be a public access there. Dr. Faulkner (Birmingham) on the south side and the people who live on the north side who have a lot of political pull are trying to get the county to vacate that right of way so that these two people mentioned can buy it. Dr. Faulkner has bought a wetland at the end of Cedar Street on Soldier Creek he intends to "give" the county for a boat launch. If you have ever seen this place you would think it would be a good scene for a horror movie. I am trying to set up a discussion site on this issue. You might consider buying the Baldwin County Onlooker tomorrow, located in the south part of the county.

The people on the north side of the access are alway's having parties for Volkert and Assc. That property that they live on was once wetland, and they had it dredged and filled in. Wonder how they got the permit?


If any of your members have any pictures of the area around the boat ramp before the houses were built could they please scan them to me. We would be very grateful for your help.

Thanks,
Fay Roberts
ragley@gulftel.com

[Editor's note: As Bruce and I have reported to you in the past, there are several county accesses on Palmetto Bayou, only a couple of which are decent put-ins. In contrast, there is only one decent county access on Soldier Creek that hasn't been encroached by adjacent landowners. So it's hard to tell without further information whether the proposed trade is good, bad, or indifferent from a paddler's perspective, but I wanted to let you all know about it so we can get educated and get involved. As a club, we take a strong interest in protecting our county accesses, so we don't want this issue to go by unnoticed, as so many encroachments and abandonments have in the past.]