Florida and Georgia go to the mat over Apalachicola Bay
Florida says Georgia’s use of water threatens delicate oyster fishery
Published: August 21, 2013
To show just how important the shucking economy was to absolutely everyone, U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson jumped into the oyster stew, holding a bipartisan hearing on the matter Aug. 13 in Apalachicola, where oystermen provided testimony for all to hear about the evils of Georgia – specifically, Atlanta – and its unregulated, poorly planned growth from atop a dense rock. In a show of solidarity, Rubio and Scott even got their hands dirty with some of the oystermen in a photo-op, conveniently forgetting to invite Nelson along for the ride. This isn’t political!
In fact, some in Georgia speculate that this is at least partially playing into Scott’s master plan of luring all economic development away from other states and into the cheap-labor, no-tax hellfire of Florida.
“They might as well be open about it: They’re trying to slow the Georgia economic juggernaut,” a Georgia Republican operative told the Journal-Constitution. “Their agenda is more about winning the economic development war than trying to get more water for oysters.” Even Scott has pointed out that the oyster crisis isn’t all Georgia’s fault, the paper says; some of it is Florida’s own misuse of the Apalachicola Bay, and some of it is just natural. You know, like climate change.
Wait, scratch that. There’s already enough ignorant infighting going on here. Oysters!
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