Waste Pro Gave Us (More) Lawsuits For Christmas This Year
Waste Pro's 'Sue Happy' About This
“Waste Pro sues Adams Sanitation.” It feels like that is the headline at least one day of the week now. For those who are keeping count, this is our humble little trash company’s fourth lawsuit with Waste Pro. Waste Pro, is a $900 million dollar company that claims to be the largest private trash company in America.
What was our mortal sin this month? Asking politely for public records. That’s right, we had the audacity to ask Santa Rosa County for public records being held by Waste Pro.
Florida Man to Adams Sanitation's Rescue
Florida may get a lot of grief on the national stage with all the Florida Man stuff, but we do a few things right. Government in the Sunshine is one of them. As former supreme court justice Louis D. Brandeis said: “Sunshine is the greatest disinfectant.” Another pretty cool cat once said “Let the people know the facts, and the country will be safe.” (That one came from Honest Abe Lincoln).
On the other hand, Waste Pro’s lead lawyer has declared some interesting stuff. “Her tireless and often bold approach to defending professionals facing criminal charges emphasizes that the best defense is a good offense,” her law firm declares. Not exactly Brandeis or Lincoln but effective legal advice for uncalloused criminal hands I’m sure.
Florida Man Doing Florida Man Stuff: Wrasslin Gators and defending the public’s right to government docuements.
Waste Pro Sues a lot of People - Including Adams Sanitation!
What to do when someone asks for records that might establish that your sweetheart no-bid contract is illegal, improper and ripping off unwary taxpayers? You go on the offense, of course.
Bury the little guy asking for the records in a mountain of litigation, a bold approach to be sure!
Waste Pro might not like that cozying up to the County makes them subject to Florida’s public records laws. Not liking it will not change the law. Waste Pro decided to go on the attack to distract from their own bad acts. It is the quintessential “the best defense is a good offense” strategy. When Waste Pro and the County say that their no-bid contract was a great deal for the citizens, we aren’t buying it without seeing the proof and you shouldn’t either. Like Paul Craig Roberts said: “A country whose population has been trained to accept the government’s word and to shun those who question it, is a country without liberty in its future.”
To this point the citizens of Santa Rosa County haven’t shunned us, they’ve embraced us in our fight. Keep supporting us and we’ll keep fighting for fair, free and open government. Lawsuits be damned.
Nathan Boyles is Adams Sanitation’s Legal and Business Development Manager. He also serves as Adams Sanitation’s resident ‘Florida Man’. Nathan Received his undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering and his Juris Doctorate from Florida State University.
BIG NEWS! Okay, big for us! We can officially bring twice weekly trash service back to South Santa Rosa County and compete on the open market. Hours ago, Judge Dickey overturned an emergency injunction sought by Waste Pro that had temporarily paused the permit awarded to Adams by the Santa Rosa County Commission. More importantly, Judge Dickey made her ruling “with prejudice” resolving the matter permanently.
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