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Hats off to the members of the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission for finding the wisdom to suggest to the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen the 25-foot Aquatic Buffer Zone in lieu of a more invasive 75-foot-plus ordinance.

True, the buffer may not meet requirements in the long term, but passing an ordinance that in essence takes citizens’ property without compensation is a far more serious matter.

When government can take property without compensation, especially when said property is not to be used for the good of the community — though some environmentalists in this case may argue that point — then the U.S. Constitution’s pledge of a country where citizens are protected to pursue “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” is in jeopardy.

Let’s hope that the FBMA will follow suit and pass the ordinance.




 

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