Fill up my property with lotsa frogs won’t cha?
The more I read about this local story, the more ridiculous it became. I did not post on it when the settlement happened this past April because I kinda felt bad for the guy up to that point since it was an ongoing legal battle for seven years.
Now I think that maybe it is what he wanted all along, a lot of people empathizing with his predicament – until he won a whopping 1.6 million dollars.
What did he win it for…
His frog phobia of course. A local contractor had the unfortunate luck to have his property inundated with a lot of shiny green, croaking amphibians. His property became a thirty acre wetland from storm water drained from a spanking new subdivision.
OK, the runoff water on his property is a grave infraction and property infringement, but did he have to magnify the lawsuit with his ‘fear’ of frogs? Hum… the swamp smells fishy here in my humble opinion.
He claimed to be “a prisoner in my own home” as the little Kermits ran wild over his swampy mosquito infested wetland. The guy was literally afraid of the hopping critters, and would not venture onto his 40 acre property without someone clearing the way of frogs.
Having mosquitoes as he claimed, he should have loved having the frogs and the tadpoles for mosquito control. Why did the legal action last seven years? I could not find out why the property was never fixed in all that time. As a contractor, could he have not fixed it himself and charged the company causing the problem? At least then the frogs would not have terrorized him for so long. This really was a bizarre story.
What I find ironic, that of all the destruction that development has heaped upon wetlands, this suburban development actually created one. In most places building upon or destroying a wetland would likely bring hefty fines and/or land seizure. This development actually created a healthy, thriving wetland and what happens? It results in a million plus settlement to the one requiring removal of the wetland and all the wildlife in it. Go figure…
With frogs disappearing around the world and nearly one-third of all frog species on the brink of extinction, you’d think this bounty of frogs would be a good thing. Not so for this guy.
Ever wonder how someone gets a frog phobia?
When just a little tyke in the Italian countryside, his parents worked in a vineyard. He remembers wandering off to a nearby property to snag some figs and he was chased away by a man waving bullfrogs. Weird huh, ribbit?
Now that this gentleman won his lawsuit against the town of Clarence and a developer, he is threatening to raise cattle on the land after it is frogless and dry. Think a little spite action is going on here? Oh, the aroma of cow manure in the suburbs… moo…. or more like… mooove.