Skip to comments.Lowly snakes win out against N.J. developers
Posted on 09/30/2007 11:18:33 PM PDT by yorkie
They're common in other parts of the country. But in New Jersey, the lowly corn snake and northern pine snake are rare enough to get state protection, and the ability to halt development projects in an already crowded state.
The mere sight of the snakes _ common elsewhere in the country, and even kept as pets _ spurs government bureaucracy into action when it involves a piece of Garden State land slated for development.
The sighting of three corn snakes caused enough additional requirements from the New Jersey Pinelands Commission that Bob Meyer recently gave up plans to develop a 110-home project in Medford.
"I think sometimes we create laws and follow the letter of it, and the bigger picture is forgotten," Meyer told The Philadelphia Inquirer for Sunday newspapers.
But Carleton Montgomery, an advocate for preservation of New Jersey's Pinelands, defended the state standards.
"These snakes are part of the ecosystem and they're a predator in the life of the Pine Barrens," Montgomery said. "If you say, 'Well, there's a healthy population of them in Georgia _ let's get rid of them here,' you'd be removing one of the key pieces of the puzzle in our ecosystem."
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To expand on someones clever acronym, BANANAS Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Any Snake.
Lowly snakes win out against N.J. developers...
thought this was a piece about NJ lib/dem politicians and their lobbyists!!!
The only good snake is a dead one.
How can you tell the difference?
Why is this even an issue? I thought that all sane developers had stopped work because they can’t sell the houses they build anyway.
and the other snake, the politico, where you can keep your multi unearned pensions for no show jobs after being convicted of fraud,blackmail,kickbacks,and other schemes
Oh for goodness sake, build the damn thing, Georgia will send you more corn snakes!!!!!
Who in their right mind would want to build anything in new jerky?Save the battleship new Jersey by towing it south and let them have that liberal cesspool.
Whaaa? Are youse sayin dat dere is some sorta funny binnis goin on in Joisey. Da gud peeple of dis State are offended!
The real reason this project isn’t happening is because someone wasn’t greased.
hold your flames....it's all tongue in cheek.
You can shut up, but God is watching.... and hopefully taking notes.
The good thing is, since it appears my home is within the mapping of a transit village....I’ll just release a few corn snakes into my yard so we don’t get eminent domained :)
Absolutely! The environmental wackos obviously didn’t know these snakes were there when the building started so who actually tells the higher ups when all these critters are discovered? I’ve often wondered about this.
Naw take the old pickup to Georgia and get about a hundred or so take them there and drop them off at the houses owned by the whacko”s Or the governors mansion. Just think of the fun.
How many independent, middle-class voters identify land-use regulations as a reason they can’t afford to own a home? Republicans are not doing well with independents, and they need to make this connection and then make this an issue.