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Sun, surf and s-it in FLA-USA …

It’s hard to spend a few days in Florida and not notice the seamy underbelly of the Sunshine State.

Of course, this means trash by the ton. It is everywhere you look; roadsides, canals, parks, lakes, beaches, neighborhoods, parking lots. Litter is there in all its sordid glory. The scope and volume of unconfined junk takes the observer’s breath away. A few days down there last week only underscored the visual and physical pollution that is Florida. A few recycling bins could be seen yet based on my eyewitness account, residents aren’t entirely sure how to put the containers to use.

I don't know how Floridians get so doltish, but their must be a lot of them. Perhaps it's something in the water.

I don’t know how Floridians get so doltish, but their must be a lot of them. Perhaps it’s something in the water.

I didn’t think any locale could surpass the slovenliness of South Carolina, but I stand corrected. Florida is at the top of this crass list. Other states may be close to the top spot of sordidness but my rankings put Florida firmly in the lead.

No doubt state and local officials would launch into full denial mode to pooh-poo such a negative description of their state and, by extension, slough off the damning of resident and visiting oafs who see the landscape as nothing more than a warm-weather dumpster.

Certainly, this isn’t a picture the Chamber of Commerce would promote for the state. But rest assured this litter/trash/debris issue is very real and it’s omnipresent.

Perhaps Florida Gov. Rick Scott should rethink his apparent order that sea level rise due to global warming is a taboo and unmentionable subject for state employees. Perhaps if he embraced actual science, rising seas would wash away all the junk and make it someone else’s problem. Problem solved! As someone who governs (sort of) a citrus growing state, he ought to know better than anyone that when real science gives you lemons, you make lemonade.

About Dave Bradley (259 Articles)
I'm the one behind two totally unrelated blogs; one on 15 years of writing a weekly letter to my kids (plus other recipients), the other on my localized environmental responsibility. I'm a writer by trade and both endeavors are accepted practice for me. As for the letters, my adult children Ellen and Reid may have seen letters as corny at one point, but it's accepted practice for them, too, to find something in their mailbox other than bills and junk mail. Email and texting don't do a lot for me for a lot of different reasons. Snail mail has its place in the communicative world so as long as they keep selling stamps, I'm buying. As for 'Pick Up Your Path' and the environment, I advocate what citizens can do themselves to take a direct hand in their neighborhood environment. But Pick Up Your Path is also a general environmental blog. It may be largely about litter and trash, but both of those are just one element of the total environmental picture.

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