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Not all can get trash pickup

© St. Petersburg Times
published February 16, 2003

Editor: I am a married woman with a family of five whose husband works out of town most of the time. I, however, don't have the great opportunity to have garbage pickup at my home. I didn't just move here from up North, and I'm not a retiree with just one bag of garbage a week, nor do I have the time to take my trash to the landfill every week.

I have lived here all my life. I can't get garbage pickup because I live on an unimproved road. I think that if the garbage companies don't want mandatory garbage collection then they need to find a way to service everyone.

It's unfair that many Citrus County residents in rural areas are denied a service other residents have and want freedom to choose. We, on the other hand, have no choice but to store our garbage until we have time between work, school and kids and between the hours that the landfill is open.

So if it comes to mandatory garbage pickup, so be it. The companies would have to come to my home and I, like everyone around me, would finally have the right of garbage pickup just like the rest of the county.

I don't believe it's right that people dump trash in the woods, but if it were made easier for these people to put their garbage cans by the road they wouldn't need to dump it in the woods. I think it's a disgrace that we do not want to clean up our county.

Make the garbage company agree to service people who don't have it and want it and do away with mandatory garbage pickup. Let people have the freedom to choose and give them all the right to have it.

In my opinion, we have two choices: Service everyone who needs garbage service like myself or mandatory garbage collection. To all the people out there who are in my situation, we need to speak up or we will end up with more trash to haul, including all the trash that is dumped in our back yards and roadsides.

To the person who said that many families don't generate enough trash to warrant having it picked up and they would rather trek to the landfill once a month, many families do generate enough trash to warrant having it picked up and I, like many others, do not enjoy hauling loads and loads of trash that pile up in a month.
-- Melissa Thomas, Crystal River

The real Godzilla

Editor: GODZILLA LURKS! During the past month, residents have been assaulted by good meaning people desiring mandatory garbage collection, a recreation building in Sugarmill Woods and tennis pros in Pine Ridge. These items are of great importance to all of us here on the Nature Coast.

The real Godzilla lurks in the form of the Florida Department of Transportation disguised as the Suncoast Tollroad.

I have been a member of the Suncoast Parkway Advisory Committee for the past year and have watched the DOT force the proposed tollroad through our county. The latest DOT newsletter No. 4 January shows how 100 percent of Southern Woods, 50 percent of Sugarmill Woods, almost all of Crystal Oaks, part of Pine Ridge and many smaller neighborhoods will be destroyed. The tollroad itself may only be 400 feet wide but the impact will be felt a minimum of 1 mile on either side.

One thing I have learned while on the board is that if the tollroad is built, traffic on U.S. 19 will decrease by only about 5 percent!

The human implications of our Godzilla is just a part of this disaster. The environmental impact to our area will be devastating! This proposed road is to run through the Annutteliga Hammock and the Lecanto Sandhills. These lands were recently purchased by the state for preservation. Many federal and state listed plants and animals live here and must have this type of environment to survive.

Ask the residents south of us in Cheval and Silverthorn how Godzilla has affected their beautiful golfing community.

Just remember, Godzilla lurks in your future.
-- Jim Bierly, Sugarmill Woods

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