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  • Judy

    Posted at 2013-01-17 20:48:37

    Ted, I have a neighbor who dumped their bag of trash in the Crescent City beach trash receptacle as they were going south out of town and a few days later a Dept. of Fish and Game game warden came to his home to give him a ticket! From what I understand, the fine was very spendy and I can guarantee you the neighbor won't do it again! Would that work in Brookings? Might be worth looking into........another source of policing manpower?

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  • Ron

    Posted at 2012-12-21 12:34:20

    After several years of visiting, my wife and I are considering a move to the Brookings area. We are looking forward to becomming active members of your community. It seems to me that if the purpose of this site is to attract businesses, advertisers, and visitors to your port, you may want to focus your blog on the more positive aspects of being there. While I do understand that this is an area of concern that you need to address, I propose that you use a different forum to focus on the problems of the port community and use this blog to help me remember why I want to be there more often. Certainly since May there must have been something positive and noteworthy to discuss.

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  • Tamara

    Posted at 2012-09-11 19:29:46

    I just moved here to Brookings less than a week ago. I immediately have come face-to-face with the problem of trash disposal in this area. Luckily, I have been working hard to reduce, reuse, and recycle for the past couple of years, so I've found some creative ways to cut drastically back on my trash output. I think what is really needed is public education about how to do this, encouraging local vendors to switch to using compostable serving containers rather than plastic and styrofoam, and perhaps a public means to handle our waste stream for those who don't live in an area where they can practice all of the necessary steps to cut down. I'm not exactly sure what types of things have been dumped at the port. I'm assuming it's bags of trash. First, of course, is to buy products with as little packaging as possible. Buy bulk foods without containers, save and wash your plastic bags to reuse until they fall apart, use cloth grocery bags, etc. Second, examine your trash. Much of what is thrown out is actually reusable, compostable, or really good food for chickens or a worm bin. Used kleenex, napkins, and paper towels compost down to nothing very quickly. Paper, newspaper, and cardboard, egg cartons, etc. compost down more slowly. Try to do as much online as you can to eliminate unnecessary mail....bills, banking, magazine subscriptions, newspapers, and books are all available online...and print catalogs can be stopped by calling the company and telling them to stop mailing them. Cardboard makes excellent paths through a vegetable garden to keep the weeds down and can be layered. Many glass jars are very useful to reuse to store the bulk foods you purchase or as a last resort they can be recycled. Obviously, kitchen waste composts quickly. Leftover meat, pasta, bread, eggshells, etc. can be fed to chickens. About the only things that can't be eliminated are cans and plastic containers. Plastic is the absolute worst because many things like bags and containers are not recyclable and they last forever. So...anyway....arresting people or removing trash cans is not really addressing the problem head on. People need to have a better awareness of how to avoid creating trash in the first place, there needs to be a big effort to get rid of wasteful and problematic packaging from vendors, and people need a way to affordably dispose of what they do create. A large-scale community compost effort would be great. It's tough to get people to change, but if the community, the newspaper, the Chamber of Commerce, the State Parks, and the local businesses all work together to keep hitting people over the head about the problem and give them easy ways to cut back on trash, the problem would be a lot less.

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  • Troy Talbot - Marina Dock Parts

    Posted at 2012-08-03 20:47:46

    Mr. Fitzgerald,
    I have been a member of the Pacific Coast Congress Of Harbormasters & Port Captains for many years as a vendor. My new company has a couple of cost effective systems that may help your Port. We carry several options for security cameras and systems, as well as wireless access control systems. We also sell/lease trash compactors thet will save on pick-up fees. Instead of trash being picked up every week, you can go two or three weeks and reduce your cost to where the equipment pays for itselfand then some. We also have a lease program for most all of our equipment or dock parts. For about $250.00 a month a nice security system can be leased. It is hard for some one to say they did not dump trash when you have a picture of thier license plate and video of them dumping trash. Call Van De Piro at the City of Pittsburg California, his system does exactly that. Just throwing out cost effective solutions.

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  • Nick

    Posted at 2012-07-20 12:24:35

    Hello Ted,
    How about recycling?
    I have a boat in the harbor and I notice that everything ends up as trash. Just one container next to the trash to collect cans and bottles would help a little...and you wouldn't even have to empty it, the early morning transients would take care of that for you. May want to get different containers for the trash with a fixed lid and smaller opening to discourage folks from stuffing large bags into it.

    By the way... I really like the crab bait idea! 25 cents for a carcass is pretty cheap, and the fact that they are frozen makes for less mess when going out to drop you pots. Good job on that one!

    Dogs... Not so good on that one. Every event at the port has signs posted NO DOGS ALLOWED! I know that dogs can't be everywhere, but I will not leave my small dog on the boat or in the car. So my option has been to simply avoid the boardwalk when the signs are in place. That way my dog is not there and I'm not there spending money either. Too bad for the vendors, but there really isn't a good answer that I can think of. I do know that there are a lot of dog owners that do what I do...Avoid the whole thing.

    Last but not least-Safety:
    The chain-gate in front of the Ice Cream shop is a danger! If someone walks into it, they will surely go down as it is below knee level. How about a center post to stop vehicles, but can be removed to allow access.

    My 2 cents,
    -Nick

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  • Geoff

    Posted at 2012-07-05 17:07:55

    It's a problem alright. The cost of handling garbage has skyrocketed. Your garbage has to be trucked all the way here, to the Rogue Valley. Fuel is expensive. Trucks are expensive. EPA regulations are expensive. DEQ Permits are expensive. It's a wonder we call it "trash" when it costs so much to handle. The real solution here is to re-cycle. Separate the materials. Create wealth from trash, and at the same time, put pressure on manufacturers to LIGHTEN UP on the packaging. We're really bad about that, here in America. We'll use a ridiculous amount of packaging in order for our product to stand out and be noticed. Maybe we need to visit the Bottle Deposit Bill for examples? Perhaps an independent and volunteer committee of citizens can review manufacture's packaging and put pressure on offending packaging and place a bright spot light on responsible packaging?? Of course, this is all fine and dandy...for down the road. More to the point and to the can, as it were, is the cost of a garbage can; not too many people enjoy having to chose between paying the electric bill or paying for trash. Fewer people are proud of the fact that they have to sneak around to get rid of their trash when they'd rather just work a decent job, pay all their bills and walk around with their heads held high. Some folks are just plain sneaky too. I know what it's like having to chose which bill isn't going to get paid that month. It was miserable. I wasn't proud of that. I had to move in order to find work. I left the coast because of employment challenges. And then things got worse. Let this trash be a metaphor for the junk that is coming from D.C., and to stench that is the stalled quagmire that has prevented our country from recovering from the Great Recession...because we should have come back from the brink by now...but didn't...because of a certain someone...but that's a whole 'nother story that stinks worse than a land-locked cannery's dumpster during tuna season.

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  • Steve E

    Posted at 2012-06-15 18:48:32

    Hello Ted,

    Subject: Night Watchman / Security Guard.

    I was just in the beautiful town of Brookings and in your tidy & charming Brookings marina looking to possibly dock / slip my boat. I noticed that there are no gate locks or notable security of any kind to keep night time miscreants out of the boat slips. I asked a few of the local boat owners who were at their slips on their boats and they said there 'was' a security guard but no longer . This begs the question if illegal dumping is a problem a simple security patrol man even if just sitting and observing without actively patrolling in a very noticeable security vehicle or even in an RV on the marina to observe and report illegal activities would go a long way to alleviate the invitation to wantonly commit minor or felonious crimes in your nice marina. In all thee other marinas I have had boats, there was at least a minimum of security such as keyed gaits, and / or a roving security patrol. regards Steve

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    • Lance Uptergrove

      Posted at 2012-06-30 16:53:32

      Hello Ted, I used to be the Chief of Security at POBH when Dan Thopson was Harbor Master the trash dumping was a problen then and will continue to a problem until those in charge of the port take security of the port serious. During my time at the port I tried times to get security beefed up but thye were afraid of insulting someone. Then when Mike Blank took over to save money a privsate company was broght in what a joke they were. I had a great repore with the fisherman and all the boat owners. The port will never change I'm sorry to say!

      Subject: Night Watchman / Security Guard.

      I was just in the beautiful town of Brookings and in your tidy & charming Brookings marina looking to possibly dock / slip my boat. I noticed that there are no gate locks or notable security of any kind to keep night time miscreants out of the boat slips. I asked a few of the local boat owners who were at their slips on their boats and they said there 'was' a security guard but no longer . This begs the question if illegal dumping is a problem a simple security patrol man even if just sitting and observing without actively patrolling in a very noticeable security vehicle or even in an RV on the marina to observe and report illegal activities would go a long way to alleviate the invitation to wantonly commit minor or felonious crimes in your nice marina. In all thee other marinas I have had boats, there was at least a minimum of security such as keyed gaits, and / or a roving security patrol. regards Steve

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    • Nick

      Posted at 2012-06-26 09:26:23

      Hello Ted,

      Subject: Night Watchman / Security Guard.

      I was just in the beautiful town of Brookings and in your tidy & charming Brookings marina looking to possibly dock / slip my boat. I noticed that there are no gate locks or notable security of any kind to keep night time miscreants out of the boat slips. I asked a few of the local boat owners who were at their slips on their boats and they said there 'was' a security guard but no longer . This begs the question if illegal dumping is a problem a simple security patrol man even if just sitting and observing without actively patrolling in a very noticeable security vehicle or even in an RV on the marina to observe and report illegal activities would go a long way to alleviate the invitation to wantonly commit minor or felonious crimes in your nice marina. In all thee other marinas I have had boats, there was at least a minimum of security such as keyed gaits, and / or a roving security patrol. regards Steve

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  • floor maintenance

    Posted at 2012-06-13 05:31:23

    I have the exact same problem here at Smugglers Cove Condo's as I am the on-site manager. I have turned in a coupld of license plates I got but and the Police Dept.

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  • Suzie Etchart

    Posted at 2012-05-08 11:03:25

    Hi Ted:

    I'm understand your problem but have one questions if you don't mind. Is the RV Park also under the juristiction of the State of Oregon and do they received any funds from the income of the RV Park?

    I have the exact same problem here at Smugglers Cove Condo's as I am the on-site manager. I have turned in a coupld of license plates I got but and the Police Dept. did once go talk to the guy but the next morning I found garbage smeared all over our parking area. The spoke with him again which I appreciated - but other folks are still contributing their trash here.

    I put a motion detector "spot" light over our dumpster; I'm not sure it's helping or not - yet?

    The Board has approved my putting up some security cameras which I may do, but even with that it would be hard to catch and prosecute these folks.

    Do you think a motion "spot" light operated by a solar panel could be an answer or even one of the web cams?

    At any rate you wrote a very good article about this problem. Have you or could you get it published in the newspaper?

    SIncerely,

    Suzie

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    • John Trambitas

      Posted at 2012-10-12 21:08:36

      Hi Ted:

      I'm understand your problem but have one questions if you don't mind. Is the RV Park also under the juristiction of the State of Oregon and do they received any funds from the income of the RV Park?

      I have the exact same problem here at Smugglers Cove Condo's as I am the on-site manager. I have turned in a coupld of license plates I got but and the Police Dept. did once go talk to the guy but the next morning I found garbage smeared all over our parking area. The spoke with him again which I appreciated - but other folks are still contributing their trash here.

      I put a motion detector "spot" light over our dumpster; I'm not sure it's helping or not - yet?

      The Board has approved my putting up some security cameras which I may do, but even with that it would be hard to catch and prosecute these folks.

      Do you think a motion "spot" light operated by a solar panel could be an answer or even one of the web cams?

      At any rate you wrote a very good article about this problem. Have you or could you get it published in the newspaper?

      SIncerely,

      Suzie

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