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|As an attorney, I deal with
environmental laws including felony criminal charges in United States District
Courts and in state courts, including Florida. I am a college instructor
in criminal justice.
My life in court led me to libertarian environmentalism.
A sixth generation Floridian, I am also a lifelong resident. My ancestors helped settle and develop the "Conch Republic" (Key West, Florida). The local Conch Train Tour still visits Curry Mansion because the Mansion was home to "Florida's First Millionaire" (a relative of mine). Curry Mansion is also where the famous key lime pie was first created from the smaller Key limes. Curry Key is nearby, and I reside on Curry Lake in Tampa.
Key West is the "Conch Republic" because of the edible conch mollusk that has a large shell with beautiful pink lips. Conch is the second best known edible snail, the first being escargot. Conch is used in fritters, chowders, gumbos, and other dishes.
Curry Mansion residents and the Curry family ate Florida conchs and sea turtles, and used natural sponges, through much of Florida's past.
In the same way that Tuna is called "chicken of the sea," Floridians called the sea turtle "turkey of the sea." Conchs are still called "hurricane hams." Sponges are called ...uh... "sponges."
Past tense is mentioned above because Florida conchs, sponges and sea turtles have been ruined by soggy socialism or banned by government here in the land of liberty and capitalism. http://rexcurry.net/comindex.html
Friends and family can no longer eat Florida conchs or sea turtles and do not use natural sponges. http://rexcurry.net/ecoturtles.html
It is fortunate that Americans are able to use better sponges made by capitalists in factories on private property. http://rexcurry.net/commentary/sponges.html
Much fish and other seafood on menus is farmed, and diners don't know.
Tourists from all over the world visit the Conch Republic and do not realize that all the conch is imported. Harvesting Conch is illegal in U.S. waters, where lack of freedom fritters away conchs. Conch is still an important food source for natives of Haiti and the Bahamas. http://rexcurry.net/ecoconch.html
Sea turtles are illegal even via importation. There are no longer any sea turtle dishes in the Keys.
Americans can experience freedoms that don't exist in the U.S. by traveling to the Cayman Islands, Bahamas and other places where conchs and sea turtles are harvested, farmed, and consumed.
U.S. Government restrictions are reminders of the hardship that bureaucracy imposes upon conchs and turtles and those who love them (to eat). Property rights will put the creatures closer to people's hearts (deep inside their stomachs).
Dwindling populations of sea creatures are caused by bureaucrats who subvert private property rights under water in favor of trademark socialism: government ownership with unavailability and bans.
The disastrous results would be similar if government imposed the same treatment upon all food, clothing, shelter, goods, services, farmlands, and all real estate. Key limes and all limes would be endangered or extinct and the Curry Family's key lime pie would be banned entirely, or made from imported limes. Tourists in the Keys would be as unaware of the lime's status as they are unaware of the conch's status.
If socialism of natural sponges was imposed on artificial sponges, then the same mess would happen. Everyone would grab as many of the publicly owned artificial sponges as possible. Owners of artificial sponge material and equipment would stop making sponges and find other work, while jobs in the industry would end just as jobs in natural sponging disappeared. Violence would break out in efforts to control artificial sponges.
The movie "Beneath The Twelve Mile Reef" (a landmark CinemaScope film with underwater cinematography, and starring Robert Wagner) dramatizes how "commonly owned" sponge beds caused violence between my ancestors in Key West and sponge divers in Tarpon Springs, Florida.
As shortages of artificial sponges grew, politicians would impose more controls as they have in banning sponge diving in the Florida keys and phasing out harvesting in Biscayne Bay.
Socialism was shown to be environmentally disastrous under the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (60 million people slaughtered), under the Peoples' Republic of China (50 million slaughtered), under the National Socialist German Workers Party (20 million), and throughout east Europe. Governmnet in the U.S. has proven that socialism is environmentally disastrous for Americans.
The keys to ecological recovery are property rights. All freedom is founded on private property. There is no reason why property rights should end at the water's edge.
Private property and aquaculture (water farming) will produce bigger and better conchs, sponges and sea turtles and more of them. The abundance and prosperity that benefits farming on private land will benefit all seafood and products. http://rexcurry.net/tagmana1.jpg
Instead of socialist restrictions, water needs capitalist expansions. The best environment is a capitalist environment. Mother Nature is a capitalist.
The color of a healthy environment and the color of money are the same. Libertarians are the true greens.
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