Commissioner Beaty's Statement on "Growing Cape Cod Great White Shark Problem"

Suggests county could seek regional grant funding for smart buoys...
County Commissioner Ron Beaty

Statement issued Friday morning by County Commissioner Ron Beaty (verbatim):

Update and Public Statement By Barnstable County Commissioner Ron Beaty On Short-Term Mitigation of Growing Cape Cod Great White Shark Problem

Regarding the above-noted matter, attached please find some relevant information for your reference and review.

After doing further research into the growing Cape Cod Great White Shark problem, at this time it is my intention to look into the possibility of having Barnstable County seek public and/or private grant funding to assist our respective towns acquire and deploy “smart buoy technology” (similar to the example provided in the attached material) which I firmly believe should be done at the earliest opportunity to help prevent another deadly shark attack on Cape Cod.

All pertinent procedures and legal requirements will of course be carefully adhered at the appropriate time if and when this proposal comes to fruition.

As indicated in the attached documents, “smart buoy technology” will directly assist in protecting members of the public at our respective beaches on the Outer-Cape, Lower-Cape, Mid-Cape and Upper-Cape as well as the Cape Cod Canal. It employs state-of-the-art sonar technology which is able to distinguish the presence of sharks in the area and transmit that crucial data/information to life guards and decision-makers in a timely fashion. It is economical, environmentally friendly, and non-invasive in nature. 

Finally, I wish to emphatically say that if Cape area public officials like State Senator Julian Cyr, State Representative Sarah Peake, Congressman Bill Keating, among others, had previously taken the Cape Cod Great White Shark problem and seal over-population much more seriously by advocating something similar to what I am now proposing, then perhaps the young man who was viciously killed on Saturday, September 15th might still be alive today.

Along with other area officials, these politicians chose to ignore the warnings that were provided by myself and others, and instead chose to remain complacent and ignore what we knew would inevitably happen.  In my opinion, they were derelict in there responsibility and duty to protect the public interest and proportionately share in the consequences of their inaction.

Thank you.

RON BEATY

Barnstable County Commissioner


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