You have to assume DR Horton paid for this article, because no St. Augustinian would advocate this point. Just when you start to have a little faith in the Record's renewed interest in "covering" local issues that matter, they come out with a piece like this. Just weeks after The Record tried to convince beach residents, that the new Embassy waterslide will be a beautiful new addition to the hotel they already hate.
What the mullet wrapper does't seem to understand, is that people don't really care much about Jesse Fish's legacy, they care about preserving land and not going in to developers again, when it comes to flexing the rules.
This is basically a Jesse Fish hit piece, which is almost irrelevant to the situation.
From the Record:
“Omigosh, it looks like the desert planet Tatooine, where Luke Skywalker lived with his aunt and uncle.” So I exclaimed as I had turned my eyes to the northeast while crossing the Mickler-O’Connell Bridge on State Road 312.
But, no, the scene was not in a galaxy far, far away. I was staring at what not long before had been a woodsy area of Fish Island. The land had been stripped bare.
Fish Island’s namesake, Jesse Fish, would not have recognized his land, which he called El Vergel (the orchard). A 1790 inventory of the Fish orchard counted 1,000 sweet orange trees of various sizes, 400 sour orange trees,120 medlars (a fruit resembling crab apples), 75 fig trees, 70 peach trees, 80 pomegranates and an unspecified number of lime trees.
...Over several decades from the 1760s to the 1820s, a number of persons changed their national allegiances several times. Fish was one of them. In truth, the ground beneath their feet and their homes changed nationalities as lands were traded in the face of wars and raids. Fish and others did not have to relocate to become citizens of another nation. They took advantage of the opportunities offered by the changing rulers.
...Over many years, Fish has been judged harshly for underhanded dealing and cheating. Yet Fish was a minor cause of the problems of property loss. All the nations involved in the transfers of Florida - Spain to Great Britain (1763); Britain to Spain (1784); Spain to the United States (1821) - bore responsibility by not honoring their treaty agreements regarding private property titles and ownership.
FULL PIECE: THE RECORD