A group of concerned citizens with broad public support, including more than 1,700 folks who signed the petition, have officially formed Friends of Lydia Ann Channel (FLAC) with the stated Mission: ” — to provide advocacy and resources to conserve the historic recreational use and ecological importance of the Lydia Ann Channel, the adjacent Lighthouse Lakes Marsh, San Jose (St. Joe) Island, and related bays, marshes, and bodies of water.”
FLAC has retained David P. Smith and his team at the Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody law firm in Austin to lead administrative, state and federal court challenges to the actions of the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Texas General Land Office which allowed a lease and permit to be granted without any science, transparency, or public input.
Friends of Lydia Ann Channel is a Texas non-profit corporation filed with the Secretary of State and is seeking IRS 501(c)4 Tax Status. Contributions to a 501(c)4 are not tax deductible, but funds can be used more widely in lobbying and community benefit purposes. Bottom line – we have a goal of raising $250,000 to see this effort through to the appellate level if necessary. Our organization’s legal advocacy will be transparent and led by some of the best natural resource legal minds in the state. James King, Tammy King, Will Myers and Ben Frishman, serve as board members to this organization. Aldo Dyer, who has been instrumental in organizing the effort as well as in securing outside council, will be donating his time as of-counsel to FLAC in coordinating the legal challenges. We have all volunteered hundreds of hours building support against the Barge Mooring Facility, met with leadership at TPWD, the Executive Director of the Port of Corpus Christi, several Port Commissioners, and even the mooring facility developers and their investor source. The stage is set for action!
Please consider a contribution to this effort. We need your support – pursuing legal remedies can be quite expensive. Checks can be made out to Friends of Lydia Ann Channel and sent to mailing address of: PO Box 2051, Port Aransas, TX 78373, or you can use PayPal via the DONATE button at the bottom of this message.
Thank You – Friends of Lydia Ann Channel