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Key West Mayor Jimmy Weekley has hit the ground running when it
comes to implementing his vision for the city. He has set, as a
primary goal, to make Key West the “cleanest little city
A city summit was convened in December 1999 that drew over one
hundred elected officials, city department heads and associates,
business people and residents who share the mayor’s commitment.
Several committees were formed which have been meeting to bring
specific proposals to the City Commission for ordinances and to
department heads for immediate implementation.
The Clean City Committee has been looking at ways to provide
for prompt removal of abandoned and derelict automobiles, boats
and trailers, as well as yard trimmings that can ruin the look
of neighborhoods, not to mention clog drains that add to storm
water runoff when the rain showers come.
This blue ribbon panel of citizens has proposed that teams of
elected officials and city government employees conduct periodic
walking tours of neighborhoods to identify refuse and litter that
needs to be picked up. Waste Management, the city’s contractor
for trash pick up, has recently been distributing uniform trashcans
throughout the city’s residential neighborhoods and will
soon distribute in the business district. It has also provided
customers with refrigerator magnets containing the phone numbers
of appropriate city offices for citizens to call when abandoned
vehicles or trash dumping are noticed in their neighborhoods.
Street sweeping alternatives such as street washing are being
investigated, as are the numbers of newspaper boxes that proliferate
in the city. Many of these have been haphazardly placed or have
been abandoned and the city is looking for a remedy to this problem.
Mayor Weekley is a realist about cleaning up the city. He understands
that no amount of ordinances or restrictions or trash collections
can keep the city clean in and of itself. The business community
and residential neighborhoods adopt these initiatives as a source
of pride and every individual in the city will need to do his
or her part.
The following criteria will be used to choose those residential
properties and businesses selected for the monthly “Mayor’s
1. Longevity of cleanliness effort OR the newness of the cleanliness
effort that reverses a previously neglected property
2. Absence of trash, debris, yard waste, right of way encroachments
3. Presence of well-tended and maintained house/storefront and
grounds, including manicured shrubbery and trees, newly painted
fences, and respect for right of
4. Adherence to proper waste removal practices (trash receptacles
in sight only on proper pickup day)