” Who would of thought you would live to see the “No Fishing” signs go up on the Everglades National Park or all of Biscayne National Park. You heard right, the Obama Administration has been spending extra money to make sure hard working men and women cannot go to their jobs. All of the guides who are licensed to be there and make a living taking clients into the open waters of the parks have been told the ocean is closed due to the lack of funding.
This has become a common story amongst sportsmen and outdoor adventurers as this same malicious “payback” behavior emerges from the administration during this closure. I’m not trying to get political, but facts are facts. Many of the outdoor professions are seasonal, and to miss any part of a prime season can break one’s outcome for the year. In a barely surviving economy, where guides and lodges are feeling the squeeze, this could become the last straw and all for nothing. “
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” Drive six hours southwest of Buenos Aires and you’ll stumble across a scene that looks downright apocalyptic: streets washed away; once proud houses, businesses and hotels reduced to piles of rubbish; greenery replaced by hundreds of chunky, white-washed stumps that reach toward the sun with rotten branches; and graveyards churned up, broken tombs spewing forth rotting carcasses and piles of bones.
This is Villa Epecuen, an Argentine Ghost town that’s slowly emerging from the depths of the neighboring lake for the first time in 25 years.
But soon Villa Epecuen’s growth would come to a screeching halt. In 1980 the area experienced a slow but drastic climate shift that dumped large amounts of rain in the lake. Because Lago Epecuen had no outlet to drain the influx of water, the lake slowly swelled, according to NASA. By 1985 the lake’s waters were already testing the limits of the dike that protected the village. On November 10, 1985 a severe storm blew through the area, causing the water level in Lago Epecuen to swell until it broke through the dike. A torrent of water cascaded into town, inundating the streets.
Over the next eight years the lake would continue to grow, until eventually, in 1993, Villa Epecuen sat 33 feet below the surface of Lago Epecuen. By then visits from tourists had long since dried out, and all but one of Villa Epecuen’s habitants had left behind their dreams of a life on the lake, according to Vice. ”
” “Not everyone believes this country is moving in the right direction. Staring down a future of increased tax burdens and shifting cultural values, you can keep chasing the old dream, or you can literally live on a beachfront property in a tropical setting with your own staff for $2,000 a month.” That’s the offer of Orange County Real Estate Company, BuyBelize.com, according to President, Bill Bannon.
“We’re seeing increased demand for our premium properties in Belize. When people come out and see first hand that they can afford a lifestyle they never thought possible in the U.S., the word starts to spread.”
Perhaps the strongest motivator for the new stream of Belizean converts is the favorable tax climate. BuyBelize.com reports, “A key consideration for a direct investment or development opportunity in Belize is the country’s tax climate. Belize has long been regarded as one of the T-7 Tax Havens and it is for this very reason that it is such an attractive option for investors. With the US in economic downturn many investors are looking to internationalize their finances and their portfolios for both tax and asset protection reasons. Belize offers a legitimate path to investors seeking to cover both of these bases.” “
” See the three winning images, along with the viewers’ choices and honorable mentions. The grand-prize winner receives $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters to participate in an annual photography seminar.”
” Honorable Mention
Stilt fishing is a typical fishing technique only seen in Sri Lanka. The fishermen sit on a cross bar called a petta tied to a vertical pole planted into the coral reef. This long exposure shot shows how unstable their position is.”
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