Fix sandbar pollution with floating toilets
Originally published on June 6
Jewfish Key sandbar pollution must be addressed. Every year more boats gather for a fun day on the sandbar in front of the island of Jewfish Key, which sits in the Longboat Pass.
On the surface, one would think that the problem is the people and their pets that have no place to relieve themselves so they are forced to use our island as a toilet or leave.
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But if you look a little deeper you will see that the people and dogs are not the problem, it is the "lack of municipal services" that is the problem.
They can't go to Coquina or Beer Can beaches because pets are not allowed. Municipalities can not just continue and pretend the problem does not exist.
Manatee County and Longboat Key, who share jurisdiction of these waters at all tide levels, need to install floating toilets during high season.
People would use the floating toilets if available, and the design of the floating toilets can be altered by adding a doggy potty.
Sounds crazy? Not at all. Just go to www.redrockadventures.com.
Here you will find that the National Parks Department installed six floating potties on Lake Powell for boaters. It is also in use in St. Croix and other islands.
It's called the micro-flush toilet. Cost: $12,000-$20,000.
Something needs to be done. The situation is out of control. Water is polluted on weekends with so much e-coli that it is unsafe for swimmers.
Lot owners on the island are being left cups of dog feces by boat owners with nowhere to deposit poop when dog goes on pretty white sand.
If municipalities are going to allow boats to anchor here, then they have an obligation to provide public services. Buy two now and install!
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