by Max Brantley
This is worse, particularly for a manatee lover like myself.
A rash of unexplained manatee, pelican and dolphin deaths in a rich estuary in Florida has many concerned that the ecological tipping point has been passed in protecting the region from the damaging impact of explosive coastal development.
When you disturb earth and water — whether for houses, shopping centers or oil and gas wells — there can be ill consequences without rigorous oversight. Rigorous oversight is not viewed positively by political power brokers, in Florida or Arkansas.