You may have run across this news report already today while scouring the news, but in case you haven’t, hear is a re-hash. In Massachusetts, state environmental police shut down an ice-cream stand run by Mark Duffy for 26 years at a dairy farm in Carlisle, a small town about 20 miles northwest of Boston.
The armed environmental police told Duffy that he had not obtained proper permits for recent improvements he made to the stand, and were forced to shut it down. Not only did they shut it down, but they guarded the popular ice-cream stand and physically turned away all of the would-be patrons at the popular spot during sunny Mothers Day weekend. Apparently a posted notice was not enough… they had to put up an authoritative presence (show).
“I’m here and the purpose of having me here is to improve the facility and operate a commercial dairy farm,” said Duffy, 57, who lives on the farm with his wife. “I make improvements every single day and have for 26 years.”
“There are 13 high-school and college students who work at the stand who are now without jobs,” said Duffy.
Duffy offers guided barn tours at the farm from May to October. The building improvements in question were made to create an area to show an instructional video produced by the Massachusetts dairy industry, said Duffy.
Edward Lambert, commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Recreation, said the stand was closed after it was discovered construction had been done without local or state permits.
And therein lies the issue… With states, counties, and towns desperate for cash, they are looking for folks who have nailed a nail into a piece of wood to see if they had the proper permit (meaning they paid the ‘appropriate’ fee to those in charge). I predict much more of this type of thing in the future. In so many towns and counties you are not free to ‘improve’ on your property unless you pay. Although it’s been that way for some time (some areas much worse than others), and all in the name of safety… the fact is that the real reason is for the money. It’s always about the money.