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Editorial Letters – Week ending January 17, 2020

Longboat Key News encourages Letters to the Editor on timely issues. Please email to: letters@lbknews.com or mail to PO Box 8001, Longboat Key, FL 34228. We also print letters sent to Town Hall that address Longboat Key issues. We reserve the right to edit.

Greer Island blocking waterway access to property

To: Vice Mayor Ed Zunz

It has come to my attention that the waterway accessing my property has been blocked by the growing of Greer Island on the north end of the Key – under the causeway.  This seems to be from the effects of the town replenishing the beach at the end of the block. I no longer have boat or kayak access, cannot utilize my dock, and am concerned about the health risks of having a swamp in my back yard. I understand the beach replenishment and eventually the gulf piers addressed the beach/water issues of the neighbors down the block. What will be the corrective measures to give me back water access?  I look forward to discussing at your convenience.

Gary Sheppard

Longboat Key

 

U.S. 41 and Fruitville Road Roundabout Project

To: Town Commission

I have received a number of traffic related complaints this week regarding the congestion, especially at the 41/Gulfstream Intersection.  As you are aware, the City of Sarasota has several roundabout related projects under construction on US41.  They include the 14th St. 10th Street, and Fruitville Road Intersections.  That is obviously having an impact on US41 north/south traffic and the Fruitville roundabout construction has resulted in the temporary reduction of one lane of traffic (one of the triple lefts) at Gulfstream and 41.  We think this reduction has significantly contributed to some of the delays at this intersection.

I included the email I sent to the Commission back in November when the City notified us that they would be temporarily eliminating one of the travel lanes.  At the time they mentioned that the lane would be shut down November – January.  We are in communication with the City of Sarasota this week, shared the on-going concern about impacts during the season, and asked when they would be reopening the third lane.  They advised that they would be meeting with FDOT this week to discuss that and would let us know.

I have been asked who individuals should address their comments to regarding this project.  In the email below is the City of Sarasota/FDOT Project Website.  It has project info and other background information.  There is also a contact link on the website for the public to call, email, or submit comments regarding the project.  That link is at www.us41fruitvilleroundabout.com

We are expecting an update from the City of Sarasota on the status of the triple left turn lanes and will update you further when we receive the additional info.

Thomas A. Harmer

Town Manager

Town of Longboat Key

 

U.S. 41 and Fruitville Road MOT update

To: Longboat Key Town Commission

See updated information on the City of Sarasota’s US 41/Fruitville Road Roundabout Project.  Note that during Phase 1 (November – January)  they will be dropping one of the current triple left turn lanes.   The westbound Fruitville Road closure is scheduled to occur in Phase 2 (mid January- July of 2020). The City does have a project website and feedback form at www.us41fruitvilleroundabout.com

Thomas A. Harmer

Town Manager

Town of Longboat Key

 

U.S. 41 and Fruitville Road MOT update

To: Longboat Key Town Manager Tom Harmer

I had a conversation with the City of Sarasota today and wanted to pass along the following information:

Phase 1 (November through mid-January 2020) traffic control update

Phase 1 includes a necessary lane drop to accommodate the construction and traffic shift on U.S. 41.  The location of the lane drop is being moved from a short segment along U.S. 41 to dropping one of the eastbound triple left-turn lanes on Gulf Stream Ave.  The idea is to minimize potentially unsafe short-distance weave and merge maneuvers and cascading effects at the intersection by allowing more time and space for drivers to adjust to the lane drop before the intersection rather than after.  The innermost left-turn lane will be dropped out (barricaded) between Sunset Drive and U.S. 41.  Traffic will need to use the two remaining left-turn lanes, one as a dedicated left and the other as a left-through.  The third left turn is intended to be restored at the beginning of Phase 2, which is planned to start mid-January.

With the lane shift and lane drops, Phase 1 also includes the removal of the dedicated northbound-to-eastbound right-turn lane at U.S. 41 and Fruitville Road.  The dedicated right-turn lane is intended to be restored at the beginning of Phase 2, which is planned to start mid-January.

These traffic control efforts are intended to maximize capacity on U.S. 41 during construction by allowing four through lanes, two northbound and two southbound throughout Phase 1 while minimizing short distance merge and weave maneuvers.  The Phase 1 lane shift and lane drops are planned to be in place by Wednesday November 27th.

Phase 2 (mid-January through July 2020)

With the closure of westbound Fruitville at U.S. 41, the northbound detour will now occur at Lemon Avenue to 10th Street (instead of Cocoanut to 10th Street).  At U.S. 41 and 10th Street, drivers will be able to go north or south.  Southbound detours will be up to drivers as several city roads along Fruitville are connected in a grid network and can access areas to the south.  With that in mind, the City is suggesting that Lime to Ringling to U.S.41 may be a good option. Please let me know if any questions.

Isaac Brownman

Director Public Works

Town of Longboat Key

 

Pet friendly beaches

To: Longboat Key Commissioner Mike Haycock

I am in the process of moving to Longboat Key on a full time basis. We have been visitors / vacationers on the Key for over 25 years and absolutely love it. We are excited about living there and becoming involved in the community.

One question we have is regarding the Town’s ordinance banning dogs from the beach. We have a home in Ponte Vedra Beach and St. John’s County allows dogs on the beach there with certain limitations and it seems like it is a very workable situation. I am curious as to the reasoning behind the ordinance and if you would possibly consider a change to the ordinance. It seems like more and more places are becoming pet friendly and perhaps with limitations – residents only, maybe not during peak season, etc. it would be a benefit for Longboat Key. In any event I would appreciate your thoughts. Thank you.

Morgan Brown

Longboat Key

 

Planning and Zoning Agenda

To: Longboat Key Town Commission

Attached is the upcoming P&Z agenda packet for their January 23rd meeting.  The agenda includes the updated staff report on the Compatibility/Daylight Plane item that come up at the last Commission meeting.  All three of the January agenda items are a continuation from the December P&Z Board discussion.

Thomas A. Harmer

Town Manager

Town of Longboat Key

 

January 23rd P&Z Board Agenda

To: Longboat Key Town Manager Tom Harmer

Tom- FYI- Attached is the agenda packet for the January 23, 2020, P&Z Board meeting, which will be distributed this afternoon. There are 3 Workshop Discussion items on the agenda, which are continuations of the P&Z Board’s discussions at their December 17, 2019 meeting:

  1. Discussion item on Single Family structures Compatibility/Height/Daylight Plane.
  2. Discussion item on Restaurant Parking Ratios.
  3. Discussion item on Swimming Pool standards.

Allen Parsons

Director Planning, Zoning & Building Department

Town of Longboat Key

 

Sunshine training

To: Longboat Key Town Commission

The City of Holmes Beach is hosting Sunshine Training by Jay Daigneault on January 30th and 31st in the City Hall Chambers.

January 30th – 9 am – 1 pm: Elected Officials

We would like to invite you and your elected officials, boards and committees and staff join us.

I’ve attached a “Sign Up” sheet to help you keep track of who would like to come and what times they would like to come for these meetings.

Please let me know by January 20th how many people you have coming to each meeting, so we can ensure that none of the meetings are overcrowded. We hope to see you all soon! If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Shaina Keough

Assistant Clerk

City of Holmes Beach

 

Whitney’s Restaurant

To: Longboat Key Town Commission

This afternoon the Town issued the Certificate of Occupancy (CO) for Whitney’s Restaurant at Broadway St. and GMD.  We talked with the owner and he advised that they plan to officially open for business early next week.

Thomas A. Harmer

Town Manager

Town of Longboat Key

 

Whitney’s Restaurant C.O. To Be Issued Today

To: Longboat Key Town Manager Tom Harmer

Whitney’s Restaurant Status Update: Following completion and inspection of the remaining items, identified as part of the issuance of Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (T.C.O.), a Certificate of Occupancy (C.O.) will be issued for the restaurant this afternoon.  The issuance of a C.O. means that the building has demonstrated compliance with applicable codes and is suitable for occupancy by the public.

Thanks to PZB staff & the Fire Marshal for their highly responsive & professional efforts in helping the new restaurant reach this milestone. Great jobs, as usual!

Allen Parsons

Director Planning, Zoning & Building Department

Town of Longboat Key

 

Concert series changes

To: Longboat Key Town Commission

The Chamber of Commerce notified the Town that they need to shift the dates of the concert series due to an illness of one of the band members involving the January performance. With the short time frame they were unable to find a replacement band and will instead start the series in February. They have indicated that they still plan to have all four events, now February through May.
We will continue to coordinate with the Chamber for the Savor the Sounds concert series this season and look forward to the first event in February.  They will be advertising more information about the individual concerts and how to purchase tickets, etc.
Tom Harmer
Town Manager
Town of Longboat Key

 

Country Club Shores AC Pipe Replacement Project

To: Longboat Key Town Commission

Commissioners, FYI. At the recent update on the Strategic Plan there was a question about the pipe replacement project in Country Club Shores. See update below from Public Works.

Thomas A. Harmer

Town Manager

Town of Longboat Key

 

Country Club Shores AC Pipe Replacement Project

To: Longboat Key Town Manager Tom Harmer

As a follow up to a recent Town Commission meeting, below is a status update of the Town’s Asbestos Cement (“AC”) pipe replacement project:

  • The project is being designed in phases.  Phase 1 engineering design by Kimley-Horn & Associates is at 60% plans and consists of portions of Bogey Lane, and all of Yardarm, Bowsprit, Ranger and Halyard.
  • Phase 2 design will begin early next year with the remainder of Bogey, and all of Putting Green, Birdie, Wedge, Chipping, Golf Links, and Putter.
  • Construction for phases 1 and 2 is planned for 2021 – 2022.
  • After that, we plan to continue with design for Spinnaker, Hornblower, Gunwale, Outrigger, Cutter, Yawl, Schooner, Ketch, Sloop, and Channel Ln. in two (2) additional phases and construction following.  Time frame TBD.

Isaac Brownman

Director Public Works

Town of Longboat Key

 

Country Club Shores AC Pipe Replacement Project

To: Kathy Callahan

As we discussed, I have attached a November 21, 2019 update from Tom Harmer and Isaac Brownman regarding the water pipe replacement program for Country Club Shores.  While all of Country Club Shores will be done, the southernmost section including Ketch is not scheduled until 2022 or a bit later.  In the meantime, if you continue to have problems with water service that might involve the town system, Isaac Brownman or James Linkogle are the right people to speak to in Public Works, and always feel free to let me know how things are going.

Ken Schneier

Commissioner

Town of Longboat Key

 

Country Club Shores AC Pipe Replacement Project

To: Longboat Key Commissioner Ken Schneier

You are so thoughtful to send me that information we were discussing!

In the future please use my kathycallahan@michaelsaunders.com being my personal email receives so much junk and I don’t  monitor it as much. I would love to participate in the “ center lane “ turning lane proposal when that develops into a discussion.

Is there going to be a traffic study / meeting about the constant back up heading south off the island backed up way past the Ringling bridge due to that 3rd inside turning lane being closed even though there has been no active work being done for months? Is there any way the residents who work and our merchants here could voice their concerns? It’s as though Sarasota the city doesn’t care to connect with their neighbors here! Crazy and frustrating huh?! I really appreciate all of your insight and keeping me informed, you are such a kind man.

Kathy Callahan

Realtor

Michael Saunders & Co.

 

Country Club Shores AC Pipe Replacement Project

To: Kathy Callahan

Once the engineering study for the CCS center lane is done, we hope to get a funding commitment from the state and move to specific design discussions. LBK citizens will definitely be in the loop. As for downtown, both FDOT and the City of Sarasota have repeatedly dismissed our concerns, including professional studies we have commissioned, about the substance and procedure of the Route 41 roundabouts, especially the one coming to Gulfstream next year. They believe all traffic studies and public meetings that are necessary have been done. I believe some LBK citizens have begun to make direct contact with legislators and possibly the governor about these issues.

Ken Schneier

Commissioner

Town of Longboat Key

 

Senate Bill 1128

To: Longboat Key Town Commission

This email shall serve to update the Town Commission regarding Senate Bill 1128, the short term vacation rental legislation that is scheduled to be heard by 2 Florida Senate Committees in the upcoming weeks.  This legislation is scheduled to be heard on Monday (January 13, 2020) by the Innovation, Industry, and Technology Committee of the Senate.  If the bill is passed out of that Committee, then the bill will be heard by the Commerce and Tourism Committee which is Chaired by our local delegation member, Senator Joe Gruters.

As we discussed, the Town has been asked to contact the members of the two Senate Committees, including our local Senator Gruters, to express our concern and opposition to this short term vacation legislation.  This legislation as proposed has the effect of further diluting a local government’s authority to regulate the short-term rental industry.  Mayor Spoll has executed the Town’s letters of opposition directed to the two Senate Committees noted above, and the Town’s letters have been emailed to all of the members of those Committees.

In the event that any individual Commissioners would like to contact members of the Senate Committees or our local Senator Gruters directly to express their individual position on this proposed legislation, also attached is the following:

Talking Points prepared by the Town Attorney and Town Manager relating to the Town’s opposition to SB 1128;

Talking Points prepared by the Florida League of City in an “Alert” email that was distributed on January 9, 2020;

A copy of SB 1128 as currently drafted; and

A link to the Florida Senate webpage where the most up to date information on the legislation, the bills Committee assignments, and the Senators’ contact information can be obtained. https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2020/1128

Finally, the Town’s lobbyists (David Ramba and Thomas Hobbs) are monitoring and advocating on the Town’s behalf in opposition to this legislation in Tallahassee.  We will continue to keep you appraised of any significant developments in this regard.  In the meantime, should any of you have any questions or concerns regarding this information, please do not hesitate to contact either me or the Town Manager.

Maggie D. Mooney

Town Attorney

Town of Longboat Key

 

Bobby Jones Golf Course feature story

To: Sarasota City Commission

Just a heads up that some of you may attempt to be contacted by Tim Fanning of the Herald Tribune to discuss your thoughts on the future of the Bobby Jones Golf Course.    I believe he is preparing to do a story either before the Monday, 1/27/20 workshop or after.

Attached are the more detailed design concepts of the 36 hole configuration alternatives #2, and #3, prepared in response to significant public input on how to integrate golf with future park/recreation uses while making the property more assessable to non – golfers, while retaining ample, and great golf options.

Much of the non-golfer public input received emphasized the desire/need to utilize as much of the property as possible for environmental purposes, which includes creating more wetlands to help clean the watersheds storm water and store storm water following heavy rains, while feeing up land/space for planting the maximum number of tree’s to help remove heat trapping CO2 from the air to help combat climate change, while making land available for the passive enjoyment of nature by area residents.

Fitting bike and hiking trails into a 36 hole configuration east of Circus, makes the provision of safe bike and hiking trails very challenging in terms of protection from straying golf shots by non-pros.

Although your workshop materials have not been finalized I wanted to make sure you had this information in case the media or any constituents attempt to engage you in any detailed discussions on the future of the BJGC. We have reminded Mr. Fanning that no final decisions can be made at a workshop. Thanks and best wishes for a great weekend.

Tom Barwin

City Manager

City of Sarasota

 

BJGC Readers’ Choice Winner!

To: Sarasota City Manager Tom Barwin

Bobby Jones G.C. does it again! Voted Best Golf Course in Sarasota and Best Public Country Club in Sarasota! That is 22 out of the past 24 years of First Place wins. I’m checking if this is one or two categories.

Sue Martin

General Manager, Parks & Recreation

Bobby Jones GC/City of Sarasota

 

Bobby Jones Golf Course Readers’ Choice Winner!

To: Sarasota City Manager Tom Barwin

I just heard back from the Herald rep. She said we took first in two categories this year. That’s a first for us that I know of.

Sue Martin

General Manager, Parks & Recreation

Bobby Jones GC/City of Sarasota

 

Dedicated left turn lane

To: Sarasota City Manager Tom Barwin

Hope you are enjoying this beautiful day and weather!

I watched the most recent BID meeting (I planned to attend but couldn’t make it) and there was much discussion about the dedicated left lane, which came at the suggestion of Mr. Costa a couple years ago. I think we can all agree that it was more than successful in helping relieve the traffic congestion at that Gulfstream intersection floor the cars going over the bridge heading to Fruitville Road with others headed north.

I just left the Lido Residents Association Meeting and noticed the lane is still closed. Could someone please update me on this situation and copy all?

Jen Ahearn-Koch

Mayor

City of Sarasota

 

Dedicated left turn lane

To: Sarasota Mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch

This lane closure is part of the Fruitville Rd. Roundabout maintenance of traffic plan.  I will check in with the CEI and our project manager on Monday to see long this phase will last and what options they have for modification. Have a nice weekend.

Alexandrea Davis Shaw

City Engineer

City of Sarasota

 

Dedicated left turn lane

To: Sarasota City Engineer Alexandrea Davis Shaw

Thanks Alex! I do appreciate your respond and looking into this. It really did help with the traffic last season, and anything we can do to get that lane open would be appreciated by many, many people. Have a beautiful weekend!

Jen Ahearn-Koch

Mayor

City of Sarasota

 

Bobby Jones manager

To: Sarasota City Commission

I,  Mark Hagen, recently noticed the fact that the city of Sarasota is accepting applications for a manager of golf at Bobby Jones Golf Complex.   Whereas I have worked at this course for ten years and am familiar with past and current managers I feel inclined to express my views on this matter. B.J  currently has two well qualified professionals ready and currently employed by “the city”  Christian Martin is one of the state of Florida’s top teaching professionals and has received awards honoring him. I believe allowing him to continue employment in this capacity would benefit our golf situation. I have observed how Christian works diligently organizing golf tournaments, large groups,  and takes a genuine interest in all aspects of well being for B.J.s. His years of service to golf and the city should be rewarded. My other recommendation concerns Eduardo Ronderos. Ed has a vast resume in golf as a director, teacher, organizer etc and has some very creative, realistic plans for the betterment our golf venue. I have discussed these plans with him personally and recommend that you do likewise. His plans are not only realistic, they  will save taxpayers millions. I believe he should be strongly considered for the management position. I truly believe these two individuals will bring Bobby Jones back to prosperity and  be an asset to the city of Sarasota as it once was . Thank you for your attention to this matter. ( P S. come out and visit  B.J. sometime ).

Mark Hagen

Sarasota

 

Potential Orchestra locations

To: Sarasota City Commission

I have been asked by Commissioner Alpert to update her on potential Orchestra relocation sites which may have been suggested which may have merit.

Below and attached are the first of two communications we have received from members of the public in the past week.   This area has been previously reviewed but this new email contains new information which potentially expands the potential of siting a new Orchestra Hall.   I will forward the second new suggestion in a second email which follows this one.

Although this potential area would require some land assembly in my view this seems to be an amazing possibility.

Not only is it in an opportunity zone, which could create several creative financing options related to a new concert hall for the Orchestra, it would also provide them with high profile exposure on Fruitville, and is about as near to the County Parking Garage (one block) as the site at Payne Park near US 301.  I can’t imagine traffic being an issue either.

In addition the entire semi-blighted, district could be revitalized by such a potentially magnificent “orchestra district” project.  I might also note thousands of potential Orchestra patrons (as well as Orchestra staff)  would be living within walking or a short uber ride to such a venue located in the heart of the city adjacent to our burgeoning downtown which is filled with art lovers and concert goers.

I have forwarded this information to the Orchestra and have urged them to consider this urban type of hall seriously as sites could easily be combined to provide a 5 acre or more footprint with ample parking very nearby to compliment whatever parking they desired within the complex. Please contact me directly with any questions or suggestions.

Tom Barwin

City Manager

City of Sarasota

 

Sarasota Orchestra sites

To: Sarasota City Commission

Commissioner Alpert has requested updates on potential new site ideas for the Orchestra which my office has been made aware of. The below suggestion came in via email over the weekend and has also been forwarded to the Orchestra.

This property however is being planned for housing and is likely not in play and we certainly have no control over it. It is however I believe over 5 acres, the Orchestra’s minimum footprint size to date, and does have a parking garage.

I have also spoken with the Pines who as you know, as of this writing has approximately 8 surplus acres on the south side of their property, that they have been holding for future development. They have not been considering offers, however, because the Pines has been such a community collaborator over the decades, and because this is an important subject,  their CEO was willing to consider taking this to his board as an informational item as they continue to plan their future. Again, we do not control this property but act as only conduits to share information and possibilities with the Orchestra management. Again, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Tom Barwin

City Manager

City of Sarasota

 

Proposal for orchestra location

To: Sarasota City Manager Tom Barwin

Thank you for the information you provided today.  I think that what you said is encouraging as a starting point.  There is an owner in our district with some contacts with the orchestra and he said he will try to reach out to them to provide more information.

In case someone brings up the topic, I want to give you the following information in response to the idea that our area may be too constrained for an orchestra facility and other projects using the attached map:

 

PARCEL COMBINATIONS SIZE-SQ FT SIZE–ACRES
4 Owners (green parcel, blue parcel, yellow parcel and red parcels) 253,009 5.808 acres
7 Owners (green parcel, blue parcel, yellow parcel, red parcels, light purple parcel + 2101 Main and 2062 Fruitville) 311,328 7.147 acres

 

These are all properties that are for currently for sale or the owner has expressed openness to sell.

In addition to these, there are many other vacant and potentially available properties in the district east of 301 and north of Main.  I calculate at least 7 more acres of potentially available land, if not more, out of the 22 total acres in the district.

I also want to convey the following selling points in terms of this area as a potential orchestra site:

Many large parcels are adjacent with few owners and are currently available

Streets can be vacated and densities swapped to facilitate redevelopment and create a larger contiguous parcel of land.

There are tax incentives for investors and a developer to come in and do a project, which could make the project happen faster.

There are several OZ funds that are interested in the area already.

It is the eastern gateway to the city and Fruitville is an excellent corridor for entry and exit

The orchestra could still use the city garage in Payne Park for parking and make East Ave. a pedestrian-friendly path to their facility

The district allows 10 story buildings so a developer could fit in residences vertically while still allowing lots of room for the orchestra facilities

Thanks again for giving consideration to my proposal.

Christopher Jaensch

Jaensch Immigration Law Firm
Sarasota

 

St Armands Parking Permit

To: Sarasota City Manager Tom Barwin

Hope all is well. I was at an event this evening and spoke with Carolyn Michel who lives on St Armands. She asked for an update on the parking permit situation for the residents of St Armands per their guests parking on the street.

I spoke briefly with Mr Lyons this past week, and it was my understanding that there were productive conversations and that the situation was being resolved. Could we get an update with some details please? That would be much appreciated.

Jen Ahearn-Koch

Mayor

City of Sarasota

 

St Armands Parking Permit

To: Sarasota Deputy City Manager Marlon Brown

I have been working when legal department to finalize forms and language. We have also selected decals for permitting and I anticipate the program will be available within the next few weeks or sooner.

We  continue to work with the residents if they need special assistance for parking until the permits are issued. Please advise if you’d like me to respond to the mayor.

Mark Lyons

Parking Director

City of Sarasota

 

St Armands Parking Permit

To: Deputy City Manager Marlon Brown

Thanks for the communication. Could you please send some details per the number of permits for the residents, cost, regulations, locations, and any other pertinent details? I realize you have legal language to work through, but there is a certain level of anticipation about the practice details that I need to share if I can please. That would be much appreciated.

Jen Ahearn-Koch

Mayor

City of Sarasota

 

Sarasota Orchestra sites

To: Sarasota City Manager Tom Barwin

I’d like to suggest a location for the Orchestra in the city.

Look at the site of the old Doctor’s Hospital on the corner of Tuttle & Bahia Vista. There is discussion of putting high density housing there, which most people in the neighborhood do not want. This might be a great alternative. Thank you for considering this idea.

Michael Frantz

Sarasota

 

Battery recycling/disposal

To: Mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch

Not sure I have the right person for suggesting this but if you could pass this idea along to the appropriate person(s), I would appreciate it.

I live in a condo community where we have recycling bins for paper and commingled items as well as a dumpsters. I often see batteries and small electronics like modems and DVR’s being disposed of in the dumpster and household batteries are lying on the ground next to the dumpsters. It is especially noticeable during Christmas when battery operated decorations are using up batteries. We are a 55 and older community where people wear hearing aids as well and the Cell batteries are replaced often. As such, cell batteries, AAA, AA, C, D batteries seem to be commonly being dumped in the dumpsters even though they are supposed to be recycled.

Why doesn’t Sarasota have one extra recycling bin for batteries? At least in condo communities where multiple residents are using the same waste pick up area? This would recover many of the batteries that go unnoticed in the dumpsters and end up in the landfill. It would be environmentally conscientious if Sarasota had another extra bin for small electronics but at least for batteries since they can be dumped in the dumpsters or people’s inside trash and go unnoticed and are so detrimental to the environmental. You need to provide recycle bins for them!

I’m sure there is a cost associated with an extra bin…which is why I am suggesting starting with communities that have many residents using the same dumpsters. One battery bin, centrally located, could serve our entire community of 3 dumpsters and several hundred people. It would add up to saving a lot of batteries from going into the ground.

Sheree L. Origi

Sarasota

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