Slow and steady is annoying, but wins the race.

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Slow and steady is annoying - but wins the race.

For our Santa Rosa County friends, we are happy to report some progress in our efforts to defend the free market and insist on local government accountability. Yesterday afternoon Santa Rosa Circuit Court Judge Dickey entered an Order to Show Cause directed to The Santa Rosa County Commission giving the County 15 days to answer to the abrupt cancellation of our South Santa Rosa permit denial appeal hearing.

 

While the issue gets complicated quickly and involves more Latin than anyone should be compelled to endure, the plain version is that the Judge found our argument that the County violated its own rules and Adams’ due process rights to be well founded and has directed the County to show why the County should not be ordered to hold the hearing.

 

As we have said all along, this fight is about more than who picks up your garbage, it is a fight to hold local government accountable to the citizens that it serves. We don’t expect the Santa Rosa County or the Commission to be perfect but we do expect them to respect the rights of every citizen and business, to follow their own rules, and to own a mistake when it is made and make it right.

 

While we think that isn’t too much to ask, it sure has turned into a heavy lift! That’s okay though, we are sticking with it and glad to have one small battle victory in this war.

 

 

 

 

Nathan Boyles is the Legal and Business Development Manager for Adams Sanitation. He is highly involved in the Okaloosa and Santa Rosa communities. He is a Florida State University-trained Engineer and Lawyer and has worked as an entrepreneur since he was a teenager. 

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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2 Comments

  • Martin Williams

    Thanks Adam’s Sanitation for providing great service.. The twice a week pick up keeps fly down to a minimum… Waste Pro could use some tips from ya’ll… BTW.. Your workers are friendly and do a great job…

  • Rebecca Ross

    Not happy with Waste Pro and their service days, which is one pick up a week. We in South Santa Rosa deserve a choice and we didn’t get it. I if dad up for Adams and I would love to get them back. By the way, my Adams bin is in my garage with no Waste Pro sticker, just waiting on when I can use it again!

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