Monday, July 23, 2007

A Clean(er) Wisteria Island

Yesterday a group of good citizens cleaned up Wisteria (Christmas Tree) Island, quietly, without fanfare, and with no expectation of getting anything for doing it.

When I walked Rommel this morning, I went to Simonton Beach because a friend who took part in the cleaning said there was a dumpster there with some of the trash picked up. I saw a LARGE, construction-type dumpster, filled to overflowing with all manner of junk. On the ground alongside were at least a half-dozen car batteries. As I looked out at the island, I could almost see or sense that it looked cleaner. A small sand beach is visible on the inland side. I wonder if Tom Oosterhoudt might go back and take more photos and publish them in Conch Color, just to show the difference.

The citizens who went to the island were, I suppose, at some risk of being arrested or cited for trespassing since the island is private property, but there were no reports of trouble. A couple of patrol officers from KWPD stopped on Simonton Beach to watch for a few minutes. They left without saying anything.

Nice move, guys. There's nothing like a guerilla clean-up to show the owners that it wasn't really that hard to clean up the mess that other trespassers left there over time. Maybe now the Bernsteins will consider contracting with someone to keep it clean.

I hope.

10 comments:

mark finkel said...

I am sorry, but although the efforts and intentions of these people seem to be positive the actions leave me with some troubling feelings. Did they get permission from the owners to trespass on this property or do they feel that this is their right? If this were a home, I doubt that this would have been tolerated without notification and permission granted. Also you seem to blame the Bernsteins for the mess, when it is clear that the debris was left by trespassers. You appear to blame the victim rather than the vandals.
This is private property and there are property rights here which seem to be violated at will. It is also troubling that the police appear to turn a blind eye to this.

David Lybrand said...

Jeez, there's always somebody to rain on a parade.....

Anonymous said...

Gee, it's like what mine is mine and what's yours is mine. Power to the people! Nice to see that the 60's are still alive and well in Key West.

David Lybrand said...

No, it's about making our world a better place by cleaning it up. Using this as an excuse to gripe about "property rights" is the essence of trolling....

mark finkel said...

I really did not wish to get into an argument about a positive event except to criticize the methods. What would have been the problem to get the permission of the owners to allow this well intentioned clean up of the area, rather than trespass and do it illegally? The end was laudable the means (apparently) were not. The lack of police concern is very troubling.

David Lybrand said...

Wisteria Island is under the jurisdiction of the Sheriff's Department, not the KWPD. If they haven't worried about 40 years of trespassers there (including various KW Commissioners over the years), why should they worry about a group cleaning up the island? Why are YOU worried about it?

mark finkel said...

The concept of private property is something to be concerned about. If you leave your property for a time that does not give others the right to squat there and abuse it. Why is this such a difficult concept? The good people who cleaned it should have asked the owner's permission to do so. Why is that such a difficult concept? If the city police observed illegalities why didn't they notify the proper authorities? Why is this such a difficult concept? If the sheriff's department turned a blind eye to vandalism over the years why should this just be accepted as standard operating policy? Why is this such a difficult concept? Just because this is Key West and Monroe County is no reason to abandon common sense, courtesy, reason, and the law.

David Lybrand said...

You ignore history in your concerns. The owners have had no concern whatsoever with activities there for 40 years. YOUR concerns are obviously just an excuse to argue. And that's NOT a difficult concept to grasp.

Anonymous said...

Who are the owners anyway? I'm not a Key Wester (yet).

Star girl 98 said...

Its like this. IF a parent is negligent of caring for their child the child will be taken from them and put in a more caring home. If the property owners are not tending to their property don't you think someone should??? The earth is dirty enough if your neighbor wants to take out your garbage shouldn't you thank him. Who are these Berensteins anyway? They should be fined for not tending to their land. Its not like there is an unlimited supply of it.

 
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