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
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…
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
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
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
Monroe 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
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
The 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
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.
The Free Press has another follow-up on that horrible construction accident in Key Largo. As you might recall, contractor D.N. Higgins was working on a Monroe County drainage project when three workers succumbed to mangrove gas after entering a manhole. A Key Largo firefighter was also injured but survived.
It turns out that this may not have been the first incident. From Teresa Java of the Free Press. Continue reading
Since I look so closely into the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA) wastewater treatment plants, I guess it’s only fair to look into the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District (District) wastewater treatment plant, too. The District pulled a total phosphorus number (TP) of 6.49 mg/L in January. Their single sample limit is 2.0 mg/L. That’s the bad news. The good news is it’s only one sample. They brought their monthly average down to 1.1 mg/L with additional sampling. And so they are in compliance with their monthly average limit of 1.25 mg/L. Continue reading