Chatham Man Fined for Destroying Wetlands 

Chatham LighthouseCHATHAM – A Chatham man who destroyed protected coastal wetlands to build a new home, boathouse and pool on his property faces nearly $400,000 in fines and remedial costs.

The state attorney general says David Rogers last year used heavy construction equipment to dig up at least 2,000 square feet of salt marsh and damaged coastal resources, including some on other people’s property.

In a settlement announced Wednesday, Rogers will pay a $140,000 civil penalty, make a $39,000 donation to a coastal wetlands enhancement project, and spend up to $220,000 to restore the area he damaged.

Authorities say he was aware of the fragility of the area.

Rogers said the settlement is almost identical to an offer he made a year and a half ago to remediate the situation.


  1. Jacqueline says

    I am not sure that I feel comfortable about someone who feels he is above the law and feels he can commit crimes, and then just does, engaging in getting contracts from the taxpayer in circumstances where people’s lives (both the soldiers and those warred against) at stake. Where else does he feel he is above the law? It is also disturbing to see what this man has done to other people, and the vile, disturbed, threatening manner in which he responds to others in this state. There’s a disturbing history here!

    “David Rogers, the president of Ops-Core and now an executive employee of Gentex, told the artists…

    “The false sense of entitlement of many of our fellow residents astounds me. I have lived in the neighborhood for the past 18 years and am also very familiar with the expectations of some local artists. . .The majority (and some of the most outspoken) “posers” do not create anything whatsoever. They are merely self delluted [sic] bullshi**ers and drama queens who use art as an excuse to justify and rationalize their pathetic existence [sic] while mooching from others to sustain a living. I am happy to meet with any of the people who are spreading runors, false accusations, and lies about Ops-Core and what we intend to do with our space in the building. I challenge them to not be cowards with their backstabbling antics, and instead stand up and confront me to my face.”

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