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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 • Posted August 24, 2011

More sand pits are coming to Mason County! This is really exciting. It is expected this will dramatically increase the tourism to our county. A family can now go to one county in the U. S. of A. and gaze on a bountiful supply of beautiful sand piles and cranes. Not to mention the countless numbers of highly decorated sand trucks that will be traveling through the county. As an additional plus, the trucks as they shift down coming into town will be like having a Fourth of July every day! I understand some shop owners have some concern over a decrease in tourism. Not so! It is anticipated that there will be a huge demand for sand plant parafanalia of all kinds, including T shirts, toy trucks, monogramed hard hats, company decals and don’t forget the pet sand bag; and the second hand store will have a bountiful supply of thrown truck tire treads.Now the big news! Real estate values are expected to skyrocket, particularly in the vicinity of the sand pits. The proposed sand pit on Hwy 87, the primary access to the city of Mason, is strategically located where tourists and potential real estate buyers can view the sand piles, truck traffic and wonder. In fact, I have heard from an undisclosed source there is consideration that the sand pit company may develop a grand housing development, including an 18 hole golf course! What’s so innovative is this will be the first golf course entirely built from sand! And talk about changing a lemon to lemonade, they are touting that huge hole in the ground as the biggest sand trap in the world. And get this. No water hazards! That’s because they need all the water to process the sand. I’ve also heard on the street that because of a possible water shortage in local communities from sand plants deleting the Hickory Aquifer, the sand companies have tied up rights to bottled water distribution in the area. Also, because there was some concern of the wrong impression created by all of the truck traffic exiting the sand pit on Hwy 87, they have designed the exit so truck and car traffic exiting the proposed subdivision will be combined. Instead of truck truck truck truck truck truck it will be truck car truck car truck car etc. etc. I know there are still folks out there with reservations about these sand pits, but, rest assured the government is behind you, so to speak.Finally, just prior to sitting down and writing this piece, I have heard rumors that as an award for the great benefit the sand pits will be to the county, there is work afoot to change our county slogan from “Gem Of The Hill Country” to “Mason County, The Pits.” Ain’t it great?Go Sand!

P.S. Maybe to further enhance the development of our county we can get a nuclear waste site. We can then be called “The County With A Glow.”

Robert Beaulieu

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