by Marielena Montesino de Stuart

A Divine Comedy (or Harsh Reality) New Year Special

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:  The Jackson Lab is a genetics lab based in Maine, which is also involved in the world of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research (HESC).  Thomas S. Monaghan, Founder and Chancellor of Ave Maria University has given the “go ahead” for the land to be allocated  for this lab in Ave Maria, Florida– the town he promoted as a “Catholic hub”.  Really, folks.

Folks all over rural Eastern Collier County, Florida,  began taking emergency measures, after Judge Kenneth B. Bell’s arbitration ruling– announced on December 27, 2010.

As an example of refined taste, and as a way to show what the little folks in the rural eastern swamplands mean to him, Judge Bell delivered his ruling as a “No Equal Protection” surprise gift– after Christmas.

Yes, a surprise indeed, and one that should make Collier County citizens feel like puppets— since no official notification about this arbitration hearing was ever sent to property owners and citizens affected by the outcome of this hearing.  Such disregard for property and a citizen’s rights should render the arbitration process illegal.

All men are created… not so equal?

Based on his simple-majority (3 votes) ruling for the Rural Land Stewardship Area, it appears that Judge Bell believes that all men are created more, or less equal– compared to the super-majority (4 votes) required for zoning changes in other parts of Collier County.

This arbitration ruling also conveniently opens the door for the zoning changes needed to build the infamous “Ave Maria-Jackson Lab project”– in the location envisioned by the powerful Eastern Collier County landowner, Barron Collier Companies.

“The Jackson Lab proposal” seeks millions of dollars in public funding– also known as corporate welfare.   Several lawsuits have been filed against this taxpayer proposal–by Collier County citizens, and one Collier County corporation.  Calling this project “infamous” will be an understatement, when the county tallies up the taxpayer consequences of the Jackson Lab proposal.

Catholicism and genetics come together

A little background:

Former pizza mogul, Catholic philanthropist and Chancellor of Ave Maria University, Thomas S. Monaghan, made the land available for the Jackson Lab, which specializes in the field of genetics.   The Jackson Lab is also involved in the controversial world of Human Embryonic Stem Cells (HESC)– by holding workshops and providing resources for HESC research.

The Catholic Church considers HESC research a grave crime against innocent human life, and the local bishop is not happy about the Ave Maria-Jackson Lab idea.  But, hey– Monaghan did his own ”due diligence” and proceeded to make the land available for the lab.

Meanwhile, Barron Collier Companies and Monaghan are partners in the development of Ave Maria.  Quite a hodgepodge of religious and monetary ambitions.  God help us.

Predatory Taxpayer Scam?

Aside from the welter of ethical controversies surrounding the Jackson Lab– at the end of the day, the Ave Maria-Jackson Lab project looks more like a predatory taxpayer scam– a perfect match for the swamplands of Eastern Collier County.

Suffice it to say, the news of Judge Bell’s decision helps advance the real estate experiment that folks in the town of Ave Maria have been put through– which so far has included its promotion as a   “Catholic town”, “Every Lifestyles Town”, “Futuristic Genetics-Biomedical Cluster Town”– and now, who knows what’s coming to this rural Eastern Collier County town!

Even though the arbitration ruling is non-binding– and will most probably be challenged in court, it has upset and worried many a property owner and resident.  According to Judge Bell, all that is needed are three swift little votes from the Board of County Commissioners to change zoning in the huge Rural Land Stewardship Area, covering 195,000 acres.  Eastern Collier County falls within the Rural Land Stewardship Area.

Puppets in a Disaster Zone

There’s no sense in pondering the potential harrowing decline in property value that this ruling could bring upon the Rural Land Stewardship Area– adding insult to injury, given that property values have dropped enough already.  There are, after all, more important things to worry about– considering that a toxic waste dump could be built behind your backyards– with just three little votes.

So, here are a few timeless emergency precautionary measures for Rural Civil Defense that property owners and residents of rural Eastern Collier County have started to follow.

And yes, maybe it is time to… 


Commissioners Fred Coyle, Donna Fiala and James Coletta

(since they voted in favor of the arbitration process)

and Watch the VIDEO for

The Rural Eastern Collier County Emergency Program

Remember… there’s NO such thing as Equal Protection!

TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:  Who is Judge Kenneth B. Bell? + Collier County Arbitration Hearing held December 11 and 13, 2010 regarding votes needed for zoning changes in the Rural Land Stewardship Area + The Jackson Lab +  Barron Collier Companies + Thomas S. Monaghan + Ave Maria University + What is Ave Maria Development? + Ave Maria, Florida + The Town of Ave Maria, Florida and Agenda 21 (Sustainable Development) + How to identify Agenda 21 / Sustainable Development in your community, county, state, school.

Marielena Montesino de Stuart

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