Santa Rosa County's Official Report on Their Investigation into Waste Pro
Well – the report about alleged shady dealings between waste pro and Santa Rosa County just came out – and it’s talking about… chocolate parties.
We’re not kidding, on page twelve the head honcho over at Waste Pro for Santa Rosa County brags to someone about how he hangs out with elected officials at ‘chocolate parties.’
It’s also got ‘boatloads’ of other concerning stuff to us… more on that later.
We’re not sure what that means, but we are a little skeeved out… and curious.
We’re guessing most of y’all don’t have the time (or would ever subject yourselves) to a 60-ish page government report on issues in trash franchises – and before we got into the trash business, we wouldn’t have either.
But, here we are – knee deep in independent farm-raised, organic, fair trade, 95% cacao weirdness wondering what in the world is going on (and if this is the reason it’s taking Santa Rosa County so long to approve our permit to haul waste in Navarre and Gulf Breeze).
As you can probably imagine, we’re still processing all of the legalese and jargon in the report, but will begin to give you our take on what in the world is going on at the solid waste division at Santa Rosa County over the next couple of days.
If you want to read the full report, it’s below. It reads like a chemistry textbook, but it’s there.
Anyone else weirdly craving s’mores now?
Christopher Saul is the Chief Marketing Officer for Adams Sanitation. When he isn’t slinging hot garbage from the keyboard – he is spending time with his family. He also likes to watch his SMU Mustangs play football and basketball.
Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners – 2022 On September 8th, Commissioner Dave Piech and the rest of the Santa Rosa County Commission have a big decision to make. The commission could restore your right to pick your trash company – regardless of whether or not you live in north or south Santa Rosa County. We’ve got a stake in this. We admit that! Our business stands to benefit from the restoration of the free market. But this doesn’t mean ending the improper agreement would be the wrong thing to do. Thankfully, Commissioner Piech says he wants to listen to you. That, ultimately, the people should decide. He said as much in a town hall debate earlier this year. Arguments Against Giving Adams A Permit There are a couple of good arguments against ending this improper franchise in south Santa Rosa County. The point has been made that there will be more trash trucks on the roads. Some have argued (we don’t know how many some is, but we’ll entertain it) will lead to overcrowding on the roads and a lower quality of life for south end citizens. Not only that – the county attorney said voting to give us a permit would get Santa Rosa County sued! Those are decent arguments, here are ours. An Adams Sanitation Truck that’s ready to roll into South Santa Rosa County (Again). Arguments For Giving Adams Sanitation A Permit You can ask our legal guy – Nathan – if you put six lawyers in a room, you’ll get six different opinions. More than that, The County Attorney has a fiduciary responsibility to protect the actions of the board – both past and present. He’s the attorney for the commissioners, not the citizens. It means he is responsible for keeping the commissioners and the past and present decisions as risk-free as possible. The attorney is simply doing his job by telling the commissioners that the County might get sued. In reality, the buck stops with the commissioners – not the attorney – they are responsible to you and are empowered by their position to vote their conscience. Additionally, the county attorney has warned voting to end the exclusive contract with Waste Pro means… Waste Pro will sue the county! But, if they vote us down, we’ve proven – at least five times – that we’ll go to court to protect peoples’ rights in Santa Rosa County. So, really, it’s only a matter of who will be suing Santa Rosa County after September 22nd – and if the commission wants to do the right thing for the people of Santa Rosa County. The reality is that no matter what decision gets made, there will likely be more litigation… they don’t call it the trash wars for nothing. If the County is going to get sued, shouldn’t it get sued for doing the right thing on September 22nd? Finally, after we introduced competition into the market – everyone can agree – the quality of service whether from us or from Waste Pro – improved. Competition, whether through a legitimate bidding process – (a step skipped by the County when awarding Waste Pro a new bid franchise), or through the open market, is better and fairer for everyone. Government shouldn’t rip peoples’ rights from them. And if the County is going to close the free market, it has the obligation to replace it with a fair and open competitive bidding process. September 22nd gives the commission a chance to make things right. Ask Commissioner Piech – and all of the commissioners – to do the right thing by sending a note that explains this argument at the link below. We’ll write out the bullet points, but we need your help to ensure justice is served. Click below to email YOUR commissioners – we’ll take care of the rest. September 22nd gives the commission a chance to make things right. Ask Commissioner Piech – and all of the commissioners – to do the right thing by sending a note that explains this argument at the link below. Junior Jumper Beau Boyles picks up the trash at a dump site near Crestview Sign the Petition
The Great Trash Debate Santa Rosa County Commissioners debate the pros and cons of allowing the citizens to pick their own trash company. You know what side Adams Sanitation is on – now you can find out which side the commissioners are on. Hit the play button in order to watch what happens next. If you haven’t done so yet – now is as good a time as any to send the commissioners a form-letter email to the inboxes – letting them know where you stand on the issue. Send Your Elected Officials a Note
this is a big win for the public’s right to public records. Waste Pro’s lawsuits in response to both public records requests were an end-run around Florida’s cherished Sunshine and Public Records laws.