There's a sign at the entrance to Big Coppitt that I thought related to the new sewer system we've been promised. It didn't seem very clear to me, as it's described as the Main Force Project which sounds sinister and conspiracy related. I expect a military checkpoint to appear soon. I wonder what main force means? So far it just seems to mean they have to tear up the highway and make it rough. The Bonneville flies over it all, indifferent as long as I wash off the road dirt:They have been murmuring about sewering the Keys since I first came in 1981, but the plans never got off the ground. In the bad old days there was money for public works but now that the costs of sewering has become astronomical the State is all tuckered out financially speaking. Selling bonds in a state like Florida is akin to auctioning off your first born so we are under a state imposed mandate to have all homes connected to proper modern sewers by 2010 and no one has a clue how to pay for it. So, I hear you wondering what does happen to the sewage generated by 75,000 permanent residents. Well that's an interesting question. 25,000 people in Key West have a tertiary system already installed, that cost years of torn up streets but it's done and makes sewage potable so clean is the system (no one actually drinks it, don't worry). The rest of us, 50,000 people plus visitors use septic tanks which, built into porous rock are not the best filters in the world. And our county leaders furrow their brows and wonder why the reef is deteriorating. You would too were you eating so much crap. It pains me to think this could have been done and paid for twenty years ago when the reef was much more vital.The exclusive, gated, private community of Shark Key pictured above from outside the gates, wants to have Keys taxpayers pay to sewer their private island too. Given the total lack of backbone among our leaders doubtless I will end up paying for their crap as well as mine. Individual hook ups may cost each of us directly more than $10,000 depending on which alarmist you listen to. They think to relieve the pain by saying they will add a monthly assessment to each home until the bill is paid.
He nodded solemnly to the driver as he descended from the bus and said not a word. He walked up to his job, a little figure dressed in black hugging the shade as he went. Before the bus had pulled back into the four lane traffic I saw the door swing closed behind him, sucking him into it's vortex of novelties and toys and DVDs. I'm told that porn shops do well near military bases and this one has done fine for several years. It used to be a welcome center and that closed. Then it was a restaurant and that closed. Now it's Island Spice and it even advertises on a large expensive billboard just up the road. There's money in them thar DVDs close to Boca Chica Naval Air Station.