Key West CitizenAugust 13, 2017

A second garbage “patch” found off Chile is larger than Mexico. The Great Garbage Patch off California is the size of Texas.

A “patch” is plastic pollution resembling confetti in oceanic gyres, making them almost impossible to clean up. National Geographic says plastic pollution is becoming ubiquitous, with 90 percent of sea birds consuming it and over 8 million tons of new plastic trash finding its way into oceans every year.

In a symbolic gesture, five Key West commissioners recently endorsed a resolution to “adhere as closely as possible to the goals of the original Paris Climate Agreement.” I say symbolic because, as we have come to expect, there is no action plan other than “to facilitate open communications” and share information.

I’ll share some information: Talk is cheap. Our ocean is part of the struggling eco-system, yet litter fills our streets. Particularly grotesque is the area of mid-to-high density housing from Poinciana School through 17th, between Flagler and McDonald; Duck Avenue being the worst. Litter piles up daily near drains to the ocean.

These are not tourists, but citizens unaware of the consequences, who, without care, drop cans, bags, wrappers, cups, diapers, whatever, wherever they happen to finish with them. Worse, Community Services mows over the trash, chopping it to bits, blowing it along with cut grass into the drains. 

Enough with symbolism. We need a plan, funding and city trash cans in New Town’s high-density, “affordable housing” areas.

Jayne Navarre

Key West