Speaking as one individual Barnstable County Commissioner about the intimately connected shark and seal issues on Cape Cod, my main desire is to seek sensible long-term and short-term solutions which forthrightly address the complicated public safety, environmental, and economic aspects of this quagmire.
Science must of course be involved in the above-noted process, but so must human compassion and serious concern for the people who live on Cape Cod, and visit here too.
Bureaucrats, scientists, and environmental activists telling folks they cannot swim at our public beaches is not acceptable from a political, economic and/or constitutional standpoint.
Ongoing community meetings at various levels are the best way to initially encourage dialogue and discussion in order to productively work through this entire situation.
I respectfully applaud all those who are at least trying to constructively address the Great White Shark problem, and seal overpopulation on Cape Cod in whatever way is feasible.
Active involvement in all phases of this process by Cape Cod residents, taxpayers and voters is crucial.
With the help of our society’s public servants, “we the people” are the ones who will decide the respective remedies that will rectify the problems in question to everyone’s satisfaction.
Ron Beaty, Barnstable County Commissioner