Santa Rosa County denies permit hearing – No big deal! Here’s Why:

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We're still starting service October First. 😜

You might’ve heard by now – the Santa Rosa County Commission has cancelled the appeal hearing set for the 9th of September, which had been set to reconsider County staff’s improper denial of our permit request to operate in South Santa Rosa County. They cancelled the meeting, despite receiving 2️⃣3️⃣9️⃣1️⃣ 📧emails from citizens like you in less than two weeks, urging them to give us the permit. 

🔘While we are disappointed that the decision makes the Commission look as though it is ducking responsibility, we certainly aren’t deterred.

👩🏼‍💼Santa Rosa County seems to be having a rough go of things on the legal scene these days. We get it, it can be hard to find reliable lawyers. 

💔After first breaking up with lawyer #1 over the mishandling of our last permit application, and being given the cold-shoulder by lawyer number #2; the County is now in a relationship with lawyer #3. He’s a rather dapper (💸read expensive hourly rate- that you are paying for💸) gent from the Capital City. And while things started off swimmingly, the relationship already seems to be hitting rough water. Lawyer #3 must have been doing more talking than listening on the first date and missed that part over dinner when the County told him that she’s not always well organized and her code of ordinances is admittedly a bit of a mess.

🚨You see, you can’t just assume that all the County’s ordinances have been properly codified, because like some other things in Santa Rosa County, the ordinances aren’t exactly in order.🚨

😬😳What lawyer #3 missed in his haste was that little ordinance adopted in 1989 that grants every applicant for a solid waste permit the RIGHT to an appeal before their elected officials if their permit is rejected by unelected staff- which seems completely reasonable and totally American ❌. And while we have no doubt that lawyer #3 is a sharp chap (just look at that hourly rate after all…) we must insist that he do a little more careful listening on future dates if he expects to get very far with our County.

To that end, we will file a writ of ✨Certiorari.

I had to look this one up when Nathan told me that’s what we did (cause up until about 45 minutes ago, I had no idea that was a word). Basically, it means that we have summarized this obviously innocent mistake for review by a circuit court judge and asked that the judge kindly direct the County to hold the hearing that is clearly required by County Ordinance. No dodging this time either!

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Whenever the County is able to get their ducks in a row and reschedule the hearing – we’ll be sure to let you know. Until then, here is what you need to know:

🗑Our twice-weekly trash service will start on October 1st in South Santa Rosa County. That’s not changing or going to change. 

👍 We are still taking sign-ups though we will likely run out of space before the end of September with our initial start-up capacity so sign up soon. . 

💪We still won’t be intimidated by lawsuits from billion-dollar waste company bullies. 

👀We won’t be deterred by cancelled meetings either. 

Join us, sign up today to be a part of the change that needs to happen in Santa Rosa County.

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. 

Big News! Our Hearing To Service South Santa Rosa County Trash Takes Place September 22nd

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

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Watch The Great Trash Debate

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

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4 Comments

  • Victoria Gorks

    Are your fees less or the same to Waste Pro? If we go with you, what is the proper process to cancel with Waste Pro? Thank you very much?

    • Christopher Saul

      Hi Victoria! we are currently planning on having twice-weekly pickup for $29.50 per month. I am not sure how Waste Pro works, but I would assume you could call them or just stop paying them! -Christopher

  • Mitch Hagood

    I recently moved to Avalon and chose Adam’s sanitation for my service. My trash is always picked up on time, they provide twice the service, Adam’s was LESs expensive and the employees have always been courteous. The whole experience was much more personal than waste pro, like a hometown business that actually cares. I’m sick of businesses and water companies being able to hold monopolies on services in Santa Rosa county. I employ you to support Adam’s sanitation, for small business and for change in the county that will support healthy competition! All they want is the opportunity to earn your business!

  • Melonie Pittman

    I am not even a customer. My garbage service was picked out and put out cans for me. I was never consulted about the matter. But I do think your company has a right at least to be given an opportunity to speak your mind in court. Ty

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