Monday, May 9, 2011

Summerland Clean Up

A hazy day on Summerland Key and I was hoping Cheyenne might like to walk the mangroves. I've been in town a lot lately with more to come and i wanted to get out in the woods for a change. Cheyenne was game for a bit of the way at least before pooping out and scurrying for some shade.

I was quite surprised how clean the area was, all bulldozed clear and trash removed. This trail off Niles road used to be a mess:

http://conchscooter.blogspot.com/2009/02/summerland-wasteland.html
And they haven't got absolutely everything...

...but the transformation is astounding and very welcome. It was good to see big skies and clouds and miles of greenery once again. I have no idea where Monroe County finds the money to do these kinds of clean ups in the back country but I hope it stays this way for a while.


The odd thing is that the dump takes everything, including hazardous materials and household crap of all kinds and their rates are not that exorbitant. I can load my little trailer down pretty heavily and it costs something like $12. Better that than dumping crap in the back country. I like walking here too much.

4 comments:

Love of the Sea said...

I have a house on summerland key...nice to see the clean up taking place! Love that area.

Conchscooter said...

I thought I was alone in liking it. I never see anyone out there!

Jack Riepe said...

Dear Sir:

I am always amazed that you can walk out into the middle of nowhere and find a discarded washing machine or a rusting assembly line from a salmon cannery. How do these things get in the middle of nowhere? The effort it takes to illegally dump them has got to reprsent a greater expenditure in time than the cost of taking them to a dump.

Of course, attempting to pick up the rubbish is the number one cause of stripped scorpion bites on Key West. That is why prisoners and convicts are most often used for this purpose.

Fondest regards,
Jack • reep • Toad
Twisted Roads

Jack Riepe said...

Dear Sir:

I am always amazed that you can walk out into the middle of nowhere and find a discarded washing machine or a rusting assembly line from a salmon cannery. How do these things get in the middle of nowhere? The effort it takes to illegally dump them has got to reprsent a greater expenditure in time than the cost of taking them to a dump.

Of course, attempting to pick up the rubbish is the number one cause of stripped scorpion bites on Key West. That is why prisoners and convicts are most often used for this purpose.

Fondest regards,
Jack • reep • Toad
Twisted Roads