Tangier Sinking Island Passes Fundraising Goal After Trump Says It’s Not Sinking
Chesapeake Bay residents hope to build a sea wall to hold off rising waters. The small island of Tangier, Virginia, which is vanishing due to rising waters has surpassed an important community fundraising goal after Donald Trump told the mayor not to worry about increasing sea levels. “He said, ‘Your island has been there for hundreds of years, and I believe your island will be there for hundreds more,” Tangier Mayor James “Ooker” Eskridge said Trump told him in a surprise phone call on Tuesday. The president said “not to worry about sea-level rise,” Eskridge added. Tangier has lost nearly 70 percent of its land mass since 1850, losing up to nine acres each year. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers predicts rising waters and erosion will be so dire in 20 years, even fewer in the event of a major storm that the remaining residents will be forced to abandon the Chesapeake Bay island. The population has already shrunk from 1,500 to 450.
The president reached out to Eskridge after a CNN report last week on the island’s threatened future and its charm. The local residents, deep in Trump country, were thrilled with the White House phone call and have used it and the media attention to build support for the one thing they believe can save them: a sea wall.
Tangier town council member Anna Pruitt-Parks launched a GoFundMe to raise money to buy 550 copies of a documentary on the island, “Pieces of Tangier,” by filmmaker Jenny Roberts. The plan is to send the video to everyone in the House and Senate, as well as to Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in a bid to get the sea wall built. A letter would accompany the films, explaining “Tangier’s history, its current situation and detailing the help that is needed to save our Island home,” Pruitt-Parks noted on the GoFundMe pitch. The campaign has so far raised nearly 30 percent more than its $3,200 goal. “Looks like over 500 copies of ‘Pieces of Tangier’ are going to be sent to Congress!” read a post on the documentary’s Facebook page. “There is no pride like Tangier pride!” The documentary examines the changing conditions swallowing up Tangier, as well as the way of life on one of the few island fishing communities in America. Some 87 percent of Tangier’s population voted for Trump in the presidential election, but the president has said he believes climate change is a hoax, making him an unusual figure to rally behind saving the island. Tangier residents remain major Trump supporters; Eskridge says he loves Trump as “much as a member of my family.” But if the president could help build Tangier a wall in the sea, islanders would be even happier. The mayor also told CNN that he appealed to Trump to help with funding a wall and is trying to arrange a trip to Washington to meet with the president.
“They talk about a wall, we’ll take a wall,” Eskridge told CNN. “We’d like to have a wall all the way around Tangier. We’d love a wall.”
Go Figure? You Have A President That Doesn’t Believe The Island Is Sinking And They Still Believe He Is Going To Build Them A Sea Wall To Save It? Okay!
Susan Z’s Conclusion:
I would say the odds of this little island of Trump supporters getting a bill passed in Congress under this presidency to save their beautiful island is when “pigs fly” as they say considering how many other important people funding bills he has cut since being in office.
Ace of Wands: Inverted (Upside Down)
This card is new beginning and birth. Since it was pulled inverted, I would say this little island will not be looking at a rebirth of hope to save it under this presidency.
Six of Wands:
This is a victory card. Now having just said above that I feel Trump’s Congress will not put the money out to build a sea-wall (ask the oldest town in the U.S. of St, Augustine in Florida, as their town is going under water also) but I believe help will come and it may come from an environmental grant. You know, the tree hugging environmental do-gooders that Trump voters hate! Lol! How ironic would that be?
Nine of Swords: Inverted
This card is one of sadness and depression. Since pulled inverted, it shows the townspeople have great hope the help will come from somewhere and I believe it will, eventually.
Susan Z Rich is an emotional addiction counselor, spiritual intuitive and holistic therapist. She counsels others to see life in a more positive way and teaches personal accountability for life choices. She is also the author of several children’s books and Soul Windows…Secrets From The Divine. (life cycles) Learn more at her website: www.szrwhitewings.com