Isn't the reason Dauphin Island doesn't get
more funding is because it's privately-owned?
If this was true, then that means:
Funds are only available to save land where no one lives,
where no taxes are generated, and
Funds cannot be
made available to save land where people DO live, where taxpayers have
homes, history and businesses.
Public funds have been used, and continue to be
used, to help restore and/or protect both public and private property all
over the country (and around the world), and
The Task Force seeks funds to restore eroded public
shoreline on the island, on both the East and West Ends.
The land we wish to restore is PUBLIC
With regard to the West End, which some seem to think is
all privately owned (which it is not)...
Whether or not there were houses on the West End, it
would still be important to preserve that area for the benefits it
provides for coastal mainland and coastal marsh protection.
that the Task Force is not suggesting to rebuild private
beach houses. Our primary goal is to restore the public beach
areas that have eroded on the south shoreline.
This is precisely the
reason that the Dauphin Island Property Owners Association deeded the
West Surf Beach (the entire south shoreline on the West End) to the
Town, so that the area would be eligible for public funding for
restoration. The West Surf Beach has been public property for some time now. It is owned by a
federally-recognized government which is the Town of Dauphin Island.
So while private lands often benefit either directly or
indirectly from public funding, the conversion of the West Surf Beach to public property
made the land unquestionably eligible
for public funding for restoration and maintenance.
See the related links below for more information.
Save Dauphin Island
for Private Property