If you think last month’s Hurricane Irma is long gone, think again. I’ve lived in South Florida long enough to have survived several hurricanes. One thing about the region’s mindset following a big storm is to hurry up and get the place fixed up, cleaned up and back to normal ASAP. That’s always been the case. It seemed within minutes of the all-clear sign people would be outside with rakes, shovels and chain saws. Before you could say blow me down matey, things were lookin’ good again.
Now we have Irma…definitely not your father’s hurricane. As usual, household cleanup crews we’re busy on the scene within moments of Irma’s goodbye. Damaged landscaping, blown trash and what you call your basic hurricane debris were quickly attended to and then stacked up along the front curb of each house where city trucks would drive up and make it all disappear. That didn’t happen this time and here we are a month past Irma’s wrath and most of it still lines our streets.
So what’s the story? Well, as usual it’s a matter of money. Seems, despite contracts many communities had secured with the cleanup trucks to be available immediately following the storm, many of the crews took off for the Keys and Miami-Dade County where the fees for their services were much higher.
Moral of the story….after a big storm if you’re talkin’ trash to a guy with an empty truck, best you up the ante or your pile of debris will be left blown’ in the wind.