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Jam-packed entertainment this weekend

We will start with the good news, as folks sometimes tell us they don’t get enough of.

If you find you are bored this weekend with nothing to do, and you sought out something to do, you didn’t read Wednesday’s Suwannee Democrat.

There are two big events this weekend. 

Tonight, you can join Eric Musgrove as he hosts an historical tour of Live Oak Cemetery, going from gravestone to gravestone highlighting some of the prominent people who made our area what it is.

The tour starts at 6 p.m. at the cemetery on Winderweedle In Live Oak. See you there!

Saturday is the second Jazz, Arts and Blues Festival. Starting at noon live bands will take the stage at Festival Park with great jazz and blues filling downtown Live Oak.

Don’t forget about the art. About 28 artists are set to show off their artwork. You won’t want to miss this lively event. 

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Sabal Trail pipeline fiasco

The Sabal Trail pipeline’s proposed route has it running straight through Suwannee County, from north to south with a compressor station at Hildreth. The pipeline, if approved, will go under two rivers here, by many springs, karst topography areas and right above the Floridian aquifer. 

We have a lot at stake in this county and by looking at the proposed route, we have a lot of the pipe going through here. So why is it, then, that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) felt the need to hold a public meeting in Columbia County to get public input on the matter and not here nor in neighboring Hamilton County, which will also see pipeline construction if approved? By the way, the pipeline’s current proposed route doesn’t have it going through Columbia County.

John Peconom, an environmental manager with FERC and one of the authors of the draft environmental impact study regarding the project, stated that FERC was unable to find suitable facilities here or in Hamilton County in which to hold public meetings.

The WWALS Watershed Coalition held a legal hearing this week against Sabal Trail. It was held in Hamilton County. The hearing was going to be held in Tallahassee, but was moved to Hamilton County, thanks to WWALS. By the way, the pipeline’s proposed route doesn’t have it going through Leon County, where Tallahassee is, either. 

A suitable facility was obtained for this hearing in Hamilton County. 

Funny how that happens. 

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