JAXPORT DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS
Talk about adding insult to injury
violations of municipal codes and land use requirements are wavied for Jacksonville Port Authority regardless of its numerious infractions at least for the moment. To get around all those legal barriers and fines Nancy Rubin Claims Jaxport is exempt in name of Homeland Security not to mention her continued claim of being a SeaPort, although Florida Statute says Mayport is a Working Waterfront. But now Jaxport has another dirty little Secret :
Those Ships are Dumping millions of gallons of untreated human waste into Jacksonville offshore waters. It was considered a victory recently when Tony Orsini let slip out that they has been dumping for years offshore without a problem. But as an editorial in Florida Today aptly observed: "When you 're talking about dumping 1.38 million gallons a year of human feces into the ocean we all swim in, that four mile difference isn't enough"
Its no small amount either. While some might think its just a few ships, figures kept by the Jacksonville Port Authority show that the ships carried 473,064 passenger's during the Ports fiscal years from 2005 to 2008 year ending for the annual report.
Jacksonville and Mayport Beaches are them selves profit centers that attract millions of visitors. Its is a bizarre perversion of environmental and public health policy that these ships are allowed to pollute coastal waters and threaten the health of beachgoers, even as they make a profit by operating just beyond Florida's jurisdiction Reach State Representive Bob Allen, R-Merrit Island has proposed legislation that would require Ships to retain their Sewage in holding tanks for later transfer to shore side treatment plants. Jacksonville port Authority continues to allow their ships to dump offshore according to Tony Orsini. I like to know what there definition of treatment is One council member stated Jacksonville should have a vested interest in protecting its beaches and coastal waters from contamination. It may not be able to prohibit offshore dumping, but the State or the City should have the Authority to force Jaxport since they are the landlord to force its tenants Carnival Cruise lines to clean up their act to pump and not dump off our beautiful beaches, and while we are at it demand shore power so our kids will not suffer breathing problems down the road. Its time to clean up Jacksonville and the Port should not hide behind Homeland Security. The Public should be allowed access to the river without Jaxport claiming security all along the river where fisherman have fished for years.