It’s Back to Business for the District

smilies-110650__480Things seem to be moving right along at the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District, and I couldn’t be happier.

First and most important, the District’s Lead Operator, Jered Primicerio, won an award.  It’s quite an honor, and quite an achievement.

Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District plant operator Jered Primicerio has received the David B. Lee Wastewater Award from the Florida Water and Pollution Control Operator’s Association.

The award has been given annually since 1964 to one plant operator in the state.

Congratulations to Jered Primicerio and the District.

This is a reminder of what the District is supposed to be about.  While the board and the General Manager were getting bogged down in silly minutia, the District’s technical staff were quietly and, very effectively, doing their jobs. Continue reading

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Rhetoric Vs. Results


Ahhhh….it’s a “CRISIS!”.  Run.

Uh oh!  Looks like the affordable housing “CRISIS!” is coming straight for your wallet.

With 47 affordable housing deed restrictions set to expire in the next two years, the Monroe County Commission is now discussing how to save workforce housing.

The commission briefly broached the subject when it was talking about signing paperwork to release several properties from their deed restrictions and plans to revisit the issue within the next several months.

“How do we save these restrictions?” County Commissioner Heather Carruthers asked. “Do we have any program to buy back these restrictions? I haven’t seen anything from the Land Authority and nothing from staff. What can we do here?”

The bolding is mine.

First, I think it would be helpful to talk about the difference between a “CRISIS!” and a crisis. Continue reading

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Canal Restoration – Kicking the Can


Get out!  But leave your wallet.

After some phony tough talk, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) decided to kick the can down the road when it comes to canal restoration operating and maintenance costs.  Due to their inaction, county-wide taxpayers will continue to be saddled with expenses for a project they never wanted and does not benefit them.

Here is a hilarious excerpt from the Citizen’s story.

Deciding whether just canal-front property owners or all county property owners should pay has been tricky, because there is no science or data to prove that poor water quality in canals impacts the nearshore waters.

Uh…it’s actually not tricky at all.  If you don’t benefit, you don’t pay.  Very simple. Continue reading

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How About Some Good News?


I know I use this picture a lot.  I just like it.

I’m pretty sure I write one of the most depressing blogs on the internet.  It’s all about local government insanity that seems to get worse and worse every day.  Sorry about that.  Governments in Monroe County don’t give me a whole lot of positive to work with most of the time.  Unfortunately.

Well, I’ve got some good news for a change.  I took a look at the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District’s agenda.  It actually has substantive issues on it.  No, they’re not tweaking the language of the grievance policy.  Again.  No, they’re not fighting to extract information from staff.  Again.  No, they’re not finagling the numbers related to the Cross Key project.  Again.  The board waved their magic wand and “poof”, we’ve suddenly got forward motion.

The most interesting items up for discussion include…

  1.  The General Manager’s job description.  It’s well done.  The board is clearly looking for someone with solid technical expertise in the field, someone who is willing and able to look to the future.
  2. There’s a nice, detailed report about federal funding.  This is the funding source the county tried to interfere with a few years back.  It took a long time to fix what the county broke.  It looks like things are still on track.  Phew!
  3. There’s a very intriguing item about managing files.  This is especially important for a public entity like the District, which needs to meet the requirements of Florida’s Sunshine Law.

There was also a nice article about the District’s wastewater treatment plant a week or so back in the Free Press.

Looking good.


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Canal Restoration – Again


The stupid.  It burns.  Really bad.

Here’s an item about canal restoration from the Key West Citizen.  Now, as we know, the Citizen is about as reliable as Pravda when it comes to providing accurate information about their buddies at the county.  So when they write an article that makes the county look this ridiculous, you know the situation is probably much worse than it seems on the surface.  I’m sure the awful truth will someday come burbling up out of the ground like untreated sewage in Key Haven.

What’s really crazy is that the three worst, most consistently irresponsible commissioners on the board seem to be on the right side of this particular issue. Continue reading

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Animal Control: The Games Continue


Time for responsible humans to stop “playing ball”.

Life has taken over.  I don’t have as much time to blog as I used to, but I still care about Keys issues, especially the issue of animal control.


Fortunately, Rick Boettger is all over it.  He’s done a great job of getting the facts out about Monroe County’s disgraceful conduct regarding the Middle Keys animal shelter.  He also filed the ethics complaint that led to county commissioner, George Neugent, being reprimanded by the Florida Ethics Commission – a major achievement.

Here’s his latest at the Blue Paper.  The very first sentence grabbed my attention right away. Continue reading

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Swap Agreement: Second Payment

bocc payment 2.jpgMonroe County made its second payment to the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District (KLWTD).  Here’s their press release in the Blue Paper.  Amazingly, the item is semi-accurate, but it is laced with a little spin.  The county just can’t help themselves. Continue reading

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Animal Control: Outstanding Letter


Time for the county to stop chasing its tail and tackle the high kill rate.

In my last post, I discussed the topic of animal control again.  Specifically, the ongoing high kill rate at the Upper Keys shelter.

Well, there was a terrific letter in the Free Press by Lee Harris of Tavernier.  It’s short and sweet.  Gets right to the point.  This part is spot on. Continue reading

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That Time of Year: Animal Control

cat-71494__480The Key West Citizen repeated its annual dive into county-funded animal shelter statistics.  Although I often find problems with the Citizen’s reporting, I really appreciate that they do this.  It gives taxpayers a concrete idea of what’s going on with a service they pay for.  And I think its something that most people care very much about.  I know I do.

In the past, I’ve responded by checking into the numbers myself.  An unfortunate side-effect of that was discovering that Monroe County staff lied about the numbers in its 2015 State of Monroe County report.  Which is….evil.  A strong-sounding word maybe, but appropriate given the circumstances.  This was an obvious attempt to mislead the public, and it appears to have been done with the intention of obscuring the fact that the shelter with the highest kill rate also receives the lowest level of funding.  All that lying does absolutely nothing to help the animals.  It might temporarily cover a few bureaucratic butts. Continue reading

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2016 State of Monroe County – Annotated Version

Monroe County issues a rancid pile of dreck each year known as the State of Monroe County report.  It’s an annual exercise in putting lipstick on a pig.  It’s so chock full of bullshit, I can’t possibly capture it all.  So this year, I decided to provide my own annotated version.  I want to provide a useful tool to help the public separate fact from fiction.

Consider it a St. Patty’s day gift from me to you.  If you needed another reason to drink, this’ll do it.

Lá Shona Fhéile Pádraig.


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