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Forum Post: What's It Like to Wake Up From a Tea Party Binge? Just Ask Florida!

Posted 5 years ago on Feb. 20, 2013, 7:46 a.m. EST by GirlFriday (17435)
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Tea partiers have also risen up to oppose the tyranny of septic-tank inspections. In 2011, activists persuaded the Legislature to overturn a 2010 law that required old and potentially leaky septic systems to get inspected every five years to prevent human waste from seeping into the water supply. "They don't realize the damage done when you remove revenue from the budget," says Pafford, the Democratic legislator from Palm Beach, whose district has seen record flooding in the past year. "We defecate in the water we drink because we don't want government control. At the same time we offer 18 bills on whether a woman can have an abortion. There are a lot of people who miss Gov. [Jeb] Bush—that's where we are."

It used to be that a few government expenditures were immune from partisan disagreement—cops, potholes, mosquito control. But not anymore. Most of Florida's mosquito abatement work is done at the local level, where independent taxing districts are responsible for the bulk of the eradication efforts. These districts have become targets of tea party wrath. Last year, a trio of conservative activists dubbing themselves the "Mosquitoteers" challenged several members on the Anastasia Mosquito Control Board in St. Augustine. They campaigned on a plan to cut mosquito control taxes and the district's budget and bought a billboard reading: "Smash mosquitoes and the friends of Obama." Never mind, notes board member Vivian Browning, that the seats are nonpartisan: "Mosquitoes, they don't care if you're Republican, Democrat, or independent. They can eat you, infect you, kill you, regardless of party." One of the Mosquitoteers, a reserve sheriff's deputy, defeated a University of Florida biology professor who is an expert in mosquito-borne diseases—a concern in a state that has regular outbreaks of West Nile virus and has seen an uptick in dengue fever.




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[-] 1 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 5 years ago

Who in the hell has a septic system?

But yes, the mosquitoes are higher. That being said, what they were doing to control them was extremely harmful to the environment, dumping chemicals into the ponds.

It figures that they are worried about mosquitoes and septic tanks, meanwhile get caught with some pot- you're a criminal.

Get caught painting someone's living room w/o gov permission- you're a criminal.

Camera's everywhere. Their whole little dance about the RNC cameras and how they were just temporary, what a joke:


I would think of moving if I thought anywhere is immune to this nonsense. Like the contractor thing. Even in Rochester, they are going nuts over this lead based paint issue, to the point where you need to "wet sand" the outside of house. That simply doesnt work.

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago

It's looking like those cameras are now a little war between state and local.

Stats on septic systems:


[-] 2 points by repubsRtheprob (1209) 5 years ago

Florida tea party group changes name!!


Other places also. Occupies greatest success is marginalizing the vacant, selfish ideology of the tea party. Their disintegration is a direct result of Occupy (and other newly emboldened progressive groups) speaking up for the 99%.

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago

Morphing is not success.

[-] 1 points by repubsRtheprob (1209) 5 years ago

Morphing is an element of self destruction.

But I don't think success is complete. In fact we are only seeing signs of success. The struggle continues, and will be years of hard work.

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago

It's like a lover who is cheating on his spouse: Are you going to believe what you are seeing with your own eyes or what I am telling you?

[-] 1 points by repubsRtheprob (1209) 5 years ago

I will believe my eyes.

[-] 0 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 5 years ago

I wonder if they added on the new applications from the 1970 census to get that number. I know on a few occasions we would be doing work in someone's back yard and come up on an old septic system that is no longer in use. What a pain in the ass that was.

The $150 for the inspection is probably worth it. That being said, if someone has a leak, here comes the state and its ultimatums. Meaning, you now have 60 days to fix it. Which usually would be extremely expensive.

Like catalictic (just butchered that spelling) converters. Great for stopping pollution. What happens when your vehicle doesnt pass the test for it, usually because its old because you are poor?... $1000 for a new one.

Leaves people completely screwed. Im not sure what the solution is, but I know when I was younger my acura wouldnt pass inspection because the O2 Sensors were bad, and I just didnt have the $500 to repair it -going to school full time at MCC and working at REd Lobster (ugggghhhh) full time.

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago

I didn't even know what septic systems were until I moved here. Everything about them is expensive when it comes to repairs.

Don't get me started on car repairs. I might go on a lengthy rant complete with cursing the ikes of which no one here as seen. Really.

[-] 1 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 5 years ago

" lengthy rant complete with cursing the ikes of which no one here as seen."

haha...literally LOL.

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago


[-] -1 points by DSamms (-294) 5 years ago

City slickers... LOL

[-] 3 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago

Ya, shall I describe the wondrous well water?

[-] -1 points by DSamms (-294) 5 years ago

Please, by all means...

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago

It sucks. It jacks up your clothes, it jacks up your hair, and if it is humanly possible---I will never deal with that again. Sulpher smell or black water coming out of the pipes. Undrinkable and the only time that I really wanted a shower after a shower to get the shower off. Ick.

[-] 1 points by DSamms (-294) 5 years ago

Grew up on well water, and generally like it -- but not in S FL.

[-] 3 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago

I'm not in Florida anymore. It's the most disgusting crap that I have ever had to deal with.

[-] 1 points by DSamms (-294) 5 years ago

Lived on the river in Ft. Myers for a few years. Worst well water I've ever tasted. FWIW, Anchorage, AK has absolutely the best city water anywhere and its cold out of the tap -- straight from the glacier.

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago


I've never been to Alaska. They might think I'm a weirdo but if I go, I shall insist on trying the tap water and then say because DSamms said it was the best.

[-] 1 points by DSamms (-294) 5 years ago

I am well and truly flattered.