Friday, February 10, 2012

Evacuations And Quality Of Life

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity was recently created by the state's governor, the one with the lowest popularity poll numbers in the history of these things, and those numbers seem likely to sink further in the Florida Keys.

The new state agency has come out in favor of lots more development in the Keys reversing a trend supported by the former Department of Community Affairs which used to try to slow down development in the Keys, an area of special state concern.

The idea is that state bean counters are supposed to figure out how many people can get out of the Keys in the hours before a hurricane lands and wrecks everything and that number is supposed to limit how many residential and commercial units can be built in the islands. That seems a sensible and simple enough formula to determine how much ravaging can be done on these small lumps of rock.

But it turns out those sneaky bean counters have figured out a way to ignore reality and realign things to the needs of developers. They now say lots of people don't evacuate from the Keys so we can assume lots won't and the highway won't be as clogged so we can build more and not worry.

Well that's a theory. It will be interesting to see what happens when we get one of those once a century category five direct hits when everybody does evacuate. There will be lots of recriminations afterward.

I remember when I lived in California winter storms would cause mud slides and homes would be washed away. The destitute occupants would announce proudly they would rebuild in exactly the same spot. Good job fellas, that way you know you will wash out again sooner or later.

Sooner or later is the defining paradigm of natural disasters. Sooner or later... The other amusing note comes from the governor's office once again, the ministry of magic.

There is this insurance company in Florida, publicly owned called Citizens and it was formed because free market capitalists declared Florida too risky and they all buggered off. So we got a state owned insurance company that has done quite nicely and has amassed, against the odds, sufficient billions to cover us for assorted hazards and all without wasting a red cent on a dividend or executive bonus.

Guess what? Free market capitalists observing the dearth of hurricanes for the past few years now want to get their hands on that cash cow and are asking Governor Cretin to disband Citizens. And I'm pretty sure he will because we elected a public servant who never saw a public service he believed in.

I wish North Dakota were a more benign place to live. They have no banking or loan crisis in North Dakota, they have a publicly owned bank. Almost as good as publicly owned home insurance.
Mind you this blog would look pretty silly: Bismark Diary indeed.

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Anonymous said...

A little off topic, but in the second picture your dog is checking out the little green face painted on the pole. I was down in KW in December & January and noticed these little "creatures" were everywhere. I could not figure out what they represented and did ask some folks, but no one had an answer. I even noticed one just inside the fence at the cemetary. Do you know who put them there or why? Thanks.

salt life

Conchscooter said...

I believe theta is a website by an artist who stuck them up around town. Some haters call them graffiti, I try to include as many as I can in my essays so not off topic at all. I will do some research.

bobskoot said...

Mr Conchscooter:

If you are NOT at work, you will have a 29 mile head start

Riding the Wet Coast

David said...

Great to have you back

Conchscooter said...

Thank you, I'm glad to be back.
No head start for me as here I am bob...

Anonymous said...

"I believe there is a website by an artist who stuck them up around town. I try to include as many as I can in my essays so not off topic at all. I will do some research."

Awesome! Thanks. If you find anything out, please let me know.

salt life

Conchscooter said...
I'm told.

Anonymous said...

Just checked out the link. Mystery solved. Well, maybe!!


salt life

Danette said...

Can anyone say "Katrina"? But it's typical of the American mentality to not really mind disasters because there is money to be made in the rebuilding. And people all over are stupid like that. Here people build their houses in the mountains where there are woods and then are angry at the evil (but natural) fires that destroy them. But they always rebuild exactly where they were before.

Conchscooter said...

Paying attention is not taught as a life skill these days. So we blog!

Anonymous said...

I hate to be the spelling police, but it's Bismarck as in the German leader's name. Given the oil boom of Western ND and the huge increase in crime, traffic, housing prices (Key West housing is actually a lot cheaper than in Williston ND) and all that goes with it, I'd rather be in Western Montana or Key West.

Bob from Livingston Montana

Anonymous said...

I hate to be the spelling police, but it's Bismarck like the German leader's name. Western ND with its oil boom is getting bad with a big increase in crime, housing prices that are more than KW's, traffic jams, etc. I'd rather live in Western MT or KW.

Bob from Livingston Montana