Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Palm Bay's Green Acres
The breaking news coming out of Palm Bay is the Community Gardening idea. Its not a new idea its been around since the pilgrims first settled here in what was the New World. For Palm Bay though its a new idea. It seems like it caused some excitement throughout the town. That just proves what a horribly boring place this is. The whole concept caused quite the stir. The subject even made it to Bill Micks morning talk show on WMMB. Bill spent a little time on the subject. He seemed to think it was a bad idea to spend City money clearing the land or city labor to do any of the work. You all now my right wing leanings and I don't have a problem with it. This city wastes so much money on so many studies and other bull shit whats the big deal if they spend another grand or two.Besides Bill Mick you dont live here in our wonderful city so you do not get to vote.
The Palm Bay Community Garden idea would work something like this: The City has a lot of vacant land some of which is left over from when we got screwed by GDC. It was supposed to be used as parks, but do we really think that those will ever get built? Dream on. So they decided to start a half-acre garden on a six acre lot near Nemo Circle and Salmon Drive to see how it goes. people would get their own little plot to grow their own garden. The number one thing
I see wrong with this whole idea is that Lee Feldman the City manager is involved. This guy can screw up just about anything he is involved with. He can destroy a project faster then anyone.
Over all I say its a good idea. Letting citizens use land that belongs to them anyway. Getting out side in the fresh air and sunshine turning some soil and growing their very own vegetables. Of course there are the negatives besides Lee Feldman's involvement. The Citizens would form a board among themselves and set up rules on what can be planted, how the land would be fertilized and what pesticides could be used. Have you ever dealt with these "boards"
Someone gets a little bit of power and we have instant dictator
I have seen it in Palm Bay little leagues and even in scouts. Some old retiree that wants to be in charge and watch out!. And you know some neighbors will complain about the garden just being there. They probably complained about the lots being vacant.
Then of course remember this is Palm Bay so you will have to worry about someone stealing your tomatoes and cucumbers or trampling over your collard greens. Come on you know its gonna happen, You can read the story in the local mullet wrapper FL Today. It would say something like Vandals destroy Palm Bay Community Garden. Days before harvest someone smashed tomatoes and ran off with peppers, onions and pole beans. The vandals also knocked over fences and trampled rows of crops and pulled up plants. Police say it appears to be the work of teens. Its Palm Bay and that's how we roll.