Tourism represents one of our major economic drivers.
That’s why it’s particularly disturbing to drive into state parks around the Inland Bays and see signs posted such as these at the Savages Ditch kayak-launching area. One sign makes it abundantly clear it’s neither safe nor legal to take and consume shellfish from nearby waters. The other uses a lot more language to explain the waters can be unsafe for swimming due to pollution, especially after heavy rain events.
Neither additional regulations to require adequate buffers nor additional taxes to remedy infrastructure problems get much traction these days. But this shortsightedness can only hurt the tourism economy that depends on healthy natural resources.
We are spoiled when it comes to taxes.
Because of the wise decisions of generations before us, more than 30 percent of our state’s operating revenues come from outside our borders in the form of corporate franchise taxes and abandoned corporate property.
We can certainly bear to pay a little more to clean up our environment so we can remove signs like these, and still live in one of the tax friendliest states in the country.