We're in shock over this one from a newspaper that is usually cowering to the BARD machine and their overbearing and insufferable creator (who is also Governor Bentley's communications director) Stephen "Steve" Bradley, but this time, they got it right. BRAVO!
Subscribe in a readerBARD, it seems, is the new E.F. Hutton.
The Wall Street investment firm E.F. Hutton became a household name in the 1970s and 1980s with its slogan: "When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen."
Today, it's BARD -- the Business Alliance for Responsible Development -- that commands attention. When BARD talks, elected officials listen.
For the past half-dozen years, BARD has been at war with river protection groups over restrictions on building near waterways. And with major developers and large landholding corporations such as Alabama Power Co., Drummond Co. and USS Realty among its founders, BARD has pretty much gotten its way.
Two weeks ago, the new Jefferson County Commission was set to create a new county department to handle stormwater management. "We have to deal with stormwater. The best way to deal with it is to departmentalize it and say we are responsible for it, and we are going to do what we need to do," said Commissioner Joe Knight, who oversees land planning and development.
Then BARD called.
A resolution calling for the creation of a stormwater management department was pulled from last week's County Commission meeting.