Tourist Development Council committee talks trash

TDC

TDC beach maintenance technicians are hauling 450-900 pounds of trash from public areas each day around Gulf County.

Courtesy of Jeff Ross
Published: Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 09:30 AM.

The Gulf County Tourist Development Council marketing committee met on Monday to discuss strategies for the upcoming fiscal year – but most of all talked trash.

Executive director Jennifer Jenkins said that while she had hired seven seasonal employees at the TDC, three of them were focused on handling the trash building up in public trash cans and on the beaches themselves, the largest problem area being Cape San Blas.

The TDC beach maintenance technician roles were created to empty trash cans at parks, do upkeep work on walkovers and provide maintenance to public restrooms.

According to Jenkins, there isn’t time for anything but trash hauling. She said that currently, three employees are spending 40 hours a week just on refuse disposal and another employee is dedicated 20 hours per week.

The beach maintenance crews are now hauling trailers behind their trucks to allow adequate room for trash transportation.

“I’ve never seen this many people here,” said committee member Tony Whitfield.

Beach maintenance crews are currently hauling 450-900 pounds of trash a day.



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