A Big Ugly Fight Over Tiny Little OystersBy Steve Casimiro on February 25th, 2013
Why should anybody give the slightest hoot about an oyster farm in the middle of California’s Point Reyes National Seashore? It turns out, a lot of people do — Tea Party activists are flaming the federal government for upholding a 40-year-old agreement to dismantle the operation and create the first marine wilderness in the Lower 48. The Lunny family bought the farm in 2005 and signed the agreement to close it last fall but now is suing to keep it open. Er, we changed our minds. Despite the pact to shutter the farm, conservatives are screaming of government overreach, but they fail to note that the Lunnys’ rent is a fraction of market rates, that the family’s grazing fees to run cattle in the park are one-third of what it would pay on private land, that the Park Service spent $50,000 to upgrade farm buildings when other lessees pay for their own upkeep, or that for six years the Lunnys have been operating without required permits. Oops. Via LA Times.
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