Friday, March 11, 2011

Golden Bear, state parks a big giveaway

Out of touch.

Heard that phrase a lot from protestors at the Awake the State rally last Wednesday afternoon on Cortez Road.

They directed it principally at Gov. Rick Scott, but the Florida Legislature got zinged, too.

As the ominous drumbeat continues out of Tallahassee, you have to wonder what they’re thinking up there.

Gutting the pill mill law.

Slashing unemployment benefits.

Cutting corporate taxes already among the nation’s lowest.

Whacking $3 billion from already underfunded education.

Eliminating 8,600 state jobs.

This from a governor whose mantra was: “Job, jobs, jobs.”

I don’t get it.

Nor do I get this:

Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses in five of our state parks.


That’s the goal of bills filed by Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, an ideologue of the first order, and Rep. Pat Rooney, R-West Palm Beach.

It calls for Florida’s Division of Recreation and Parks to hire Nicklaus Design to build five courses, one in each region of the state.

The Jupiter resident’s fee is usually $2.5 million, but reportedly he’d charge just $625,000 per course for four and waive the fee for the fifth — Jonathan Dickinson State Park in neighboring Martin County.

Considering the pristine public land involved, it’s hardly a bargain.

It’s a giveaway.

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