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Banks Prevatt copied me with this email to a member of the anti-grinder pump camp yesterday:
  • FKAA Easement Docs?

To: _______________@___________________
Your and several others have asked about “to sign or not to sign” the easement document provided by FKAA.  I discussed this with our attorney.  He is not in a position to offer blanket advice to all because each individual may be facing slightly different circumstances.
You may want to check with your own personal attorney on this, but for now here are some things to consider.
As I understand it, if one refuses to sign, the property owner is referred to code enforcement for violation of an ordinance know as the “failure to hookup” ordinance.  Because of all the people in Key Largo who have not yet hooked up, code enforcement  has a list of hundreds of violations.  So, it would take time for code action to be brought against someone who refuses to sign today.
We are trying to effect a change, and we may be successful; so I will not sign it until the absolute last minuet, whatever that is and may still not sign it.  Our attorney does not plan to sign his.
100+ blind copies.
Banks also copied me yesterday with this email chain (latest email at top), addressees are county commissioners (BOCC) and staff, water board directors (FKAA) and staff:
From: Bgprevatt@______ 
Sent: Sun 12/22/13 10:23 AM
Cc:; Kolhage-Danny@MonroeCounty-FL.Gov;; BOCCDIS3@MonroeCounty-FL.Gov; BOCCDIS4@MonroeCounty-FL.Gov; BOCCDIS5@MonroeCounty-FL.Gov; Gastesi-Roman@MonroeCounty-FL.Gov;;;;;
When I make a mistake, I acknowledge it and apologize.
 I have listened to you expound on your personal experience and first hand knowledge of pumps.  You and other officials have pontificated extensively about the personal research you each have done.  A common thread with some of the commissioners is that they listened to the experts, this technology is the solution for the Keys and they will go with the recommendations of the experts.
I would love to see a list of those experts.
A question:  Why do you five commissioners not listen to the one expert you have chosen to accomplish the daunting task of installing and maintaining sewers in this area of the Keys?
The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority.
    1.  Executive Director Kirk Zuelch publicly and privately stated, “We Prefer gravity; it has not moving parts.”
    2.  Chairman of the Board, Robert Dean publicly stated, “…This company supports gravity systems…”
Are these not your final experts?
Blind copied to 100+.
In a message dated 12/18/2013 3:08:16 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, writes:
It’s really a shame watching and listening to the the wild accusations and misinformation gathered from half truths, applying dated information to updated technology by hysteria driven individuals blasting good folks, agencies and local government over a good project. It’s really sad commentary. And after you sift through the debris it slowly gets back to “Those Were the Days.”

Sent from my iPad

On Dec 18, 2013, at 1:08 PM, “Bgprevatt@________” wrote:
My most humble apologies  to both you and Tom.
All originals are copied.
In a message dated 12/18/2013 9:10:07 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,

This is the wrong property. Tom has built a new home in Sarasota County.


From: Bgprevatt@________
Sent: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 8:15 AM
To: Kirk Zuelch
Cc:;;; Toni Appell; Brian Barroso; JR Dean; David Ritz; Melva Wagner
Subject: Fwd: Walkers grinder NOT!


Is this true, or does the researcher have the wrong property?


80+ blind copied.

From: halloween@_________
CC: bgprevatt@_________
Sent: 12/18/2013 7:31:07 A.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: Walkers grinder NOT!

We finally got word from Sarasota that Tom Walker’s residence is NOT served by an individual grinder pump as claimed in public meetings and videoed. His unit is one of the original 1973 Pine Run Condos consisting of 147 units. What moron would ever consider using griders with that kind of densisty? It was confirmed also that the development’s sewer service is unaffected by power outages. Tom Walker does not even HAVE a yard to put a grinder pump station in! Hell, he doesn’t even have a water and sewer bill! Water and sewer is included in his monthly condo fee. “Tom has a grinder pump at his place in Sarsota, and it works fine, doesn’t it Tom?” says Zuelch with Walker grinning and nodding false witness.

I wrote to Banks, copied to ALL visible email recipients:
From: sloan bashinsky (
Sent: Sun 12/22/13 10:48 AM
To: Bgprevatt@_______; George Neugent (
Cc: (; Kolhage-Danny@MonroeCounty-FL.Gov (; (; BOCCDIS3@MonroeCounty-FL.Gov (; BOCCDIS4@MonroeCounty-FL.Gov (; BOCCDIS5@MonroeCounty-FL.Gov (; Gastesi-Roman@MonroeCounty-FL.Gov (; (; (; (; (; (
Hi, Banks –

Thanks for the Tom Walker correction, apology. Will publish at tomorrow, because I previously published all that led up to it.
Looks to me, based on my own email interactions with George lately, and based on the way he behaved at the last county commission meeting when he learned county staff wanted to pull the grinder pump item, and based on the email string last below yesterday, that hysteria describes George in this discussion.
George and the rest of the county commissioners aside, I am unable to comprehend why FKAA agreed to the county’s Cudjoe regional plan, which relied heavily on grinder pumps, when FKAA wanted to install gravity everywhere feasible? It’s not just on George and the county commissioners this all falls, for better or for worse. It falls on Kirk Zeulch, Bob Dean and the other four FKAA directors Governor Scott appointed, and it falls on Governor Scott who appointed them. 
Does Governor Scott know what FKAA is doing in Cudjoe Regional? Is he going to wake up one morning and learn about this situation on FOX News?
George NeugentNeugent
From: Neugent-George <>
To: Gls33 <Gls33@_________>

Sent: Thu, Dec 19, 2013 10:48 am

Subject: Re: grinder pumps

Thanks for the threat, I believe I will now run again so as to give you something to do in your spare time. My position on grinder, gravity, vacuum, and other alternative system is pretty well founded on factual information not hysteria. Get yourself some candidates.

Kind regards,

On Dec 19, 2013, at 7:32 AM, “Gls33@______  wrote:
I live on little torch and can assure you that everyone I have talked to are against the grinder pumps I know you are not running again but if you want support in anything you choose to do after politics in Monroe county I would rethink your stance on grinder pumps. thanks Gary Al Schwartz 34 year full time resident
I (Sloan) replied to George, copied to Banks and Gary:
To: bgprevatt@_______; gls33@_______;

Subject: RE: grinder pumps

Date: Sat, 21 Dec 2013 09:06:56 -0500
Dang, George,
Do I hate hearing you say you believe you will break your campaign promise that 2010 was your last race and you would not run again. I hate it because I don’t like not living up to my own promises – I have paid dearly in the karma sense, when I did not live up to my promises. And, I hate it because I can only imagine that, if you do run again, the dratted angels will make me move back up to that neck of the woods and run against you again, and I doubt that would be a fun time for either of us.
Shortly after sending that, it came to me that George’s campaign slogan in 2010 was, “Promises made, promises kept.” I wondered if I was going to get another pass at it? Yep, George wrote back, I added the pic:
lipstick on a pig

Subject: Re: grinder pumps

Date: Sat, 21 Dec 2013 15:16:01 +0000
Start packing and blame it on some dude from Little Torch. I can’t stand threats.
I replied:

Subject: RE: grinder pumps

Date: Sat, 21 Dec 2013 13:03:06 -0500
Well, how about your 2010 campaign slogan:
“Promises made, promises kept.”
Will your 2014 campaign slogan be:
“Promises made, promises broken.”
I left out the question marks because the questions were rhetorical.
This grinder pump thing is a bit bigger than you, George. It is a bit bigger than the County Commission. You 5 commissioners caved in to Walt Drabinsky’s threats, and shifted that area over to gravity wherever feasible. In doing so, you admitted Walt was right and you 5 were wrong. Now you are telling your constituents in other lower Keys areas that you are right and they are wrong, even though you 5 admitted you were wrong and Drabinsky was right. That’s what it looks like to me, and I am hearing that’s how it looks to lots of people.
Here’s the link to today’s post at

Yesterday, the day before, the day before … featured other grinder pump posts at that website.
If you did not see it yet, this article in the current Key West the Newspaper –




Aw shit …

This all falls on mechanically retarded me

to try to explain why it it a terrible idea

to use shit grinder pumps in the Cudjoe sewer district

anywhere gravity sewer systems can be used.


Aw shit,

I don’t see no way to pass Arnaud and Naja’s

blue monster forensic muster

but perhaps they will cut me some slack

and just let me tell what I have to tell

and leave for other bawds, er bards,

to tear it up, fix it, or make it worse.


Aw shit,

since I be a poet by inclination,

but once a lawyer by trade,

perhaps I should start at the end

and work back to the start

of a four week crash course in shit management.


Aw shit,

perhaps I start with Wednesday’s

Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority’s waterboard agenda

at FKAA’s offices on J.F. Kennedy R.I.P. Drive Key West.


Aw shit,

Cudjoe shit management not on the waterboard agenda,

but Governor Scott’s magnificent five waterboard directors don’t care,

graciously offer they circa 20 aggrieved shit petitioners

traveled many shit-grinding leagues to seek

“Gravity and justice for all!”

time to speak.


Aw shit,

waterboard leader Bob the Dean says

all along FKAA wanted gravity and justice for all,

let us hear what you good grinder shit foes have to say!


Aw shit,

the good grinder shit foes say,

gravity is free energy,

grinders need ‘lectricity.


Aw shit,

no ‘lectricity,

no grinder shit moves.


Aw shit,

gravity lines run deep,

pumping stations move the shit along

to the night soil manufacturing plant.


Aw shit,

when gravity lines spring leaks,

Mother Nature’s greater salt water pressure

keeps the shit in the lines,

gravity leaks are easy to find,

dig down to and fix.


Aw shit,

grinder shit lines buried shallow

spring leaks not to be be found,

their shit goes into Mother Nature’s ground,

then into her water table,

then into her sea.



Aw shit, the whole point of sewering the Florida Keys

was to get rid of septic and cess,

not to replace them with grinder shit.



Aw shit,

a big sandy typhoon

covered a New Jersey subdivision

with grinder shit

inside the houses, too!


Aw shit,

gravity don’t break,

its lines and pumps easy to fix.


Aw shit,

grinders wear out pretty damn quick,

have to be fixed,

or thrown away and replaced.


Aw shit,

grinders have to run all the time,

let them sleep a while,

they don’t wake up,

snowbirds’ delight!


Aw shit,

the provincial governors keep blaming,

the waterboard told us to use grinders,

we don’t know about shit,

that’s their domain.


Aw shit,

Bob the Dean says,

I don’t like hearing that,

we told the provincial governors we wanted gravity,

they told us to do it cheap instead.


Aw shit,

I tell Bob the Dean,

I’m dang glad to hear you say that!

I been on fast learning curve

since selling me place on Little the Torch last August,

don’t got no dog in this here fight.


Aw shit, I say,

looks to me grinders are a really bad idea,

I know them provincial governors,

campaigned for some of them,

campaigned against some of them,

I like them,

but they done messed in in their pants,

got my dander up.


Aw shit, I say,

I hope you the waterboard will do two things:

Uno, order all work stopped on grinder pump systems;

duo, tell the five provincial governors

they are where all this shit falls,

we the waterboard want gravity wherever gravity will rock,

and we will install gravity

soon as the five governors agree to pay for it,

but we the waterboard aint’ having nuttin’

to do with no bad shit sewer system

that will ruin our reputation

en put us and the good people we serve

in the poor house under deep shit –

build your own outhouses,

if you don’t want it done right!


Aw shit, I say,

you the waterboard have the power to do this,

and the responsibility,

because you know gravity is better in the Keys

than grinder pumps.


Aw shit, I say,

you the waterboard were all appointed by Governor the Scott

who wants you to see to it

the money he and the Florida Parliament gave to the Keys,

and the money the provincial governors are raising locally to sewer the Keys,

is used get rid of the septic systems and cess pits,

not replace them with something just as shitty.


Aw shit, maybe thinks the waterboard,

this crazy ass lunatic is making sense …


Aw shit,

the crazy ass lunatic says,

you the waterboard do not have the manpower

to take care of lots of grinder pumps in a Hurricane Wilma event

with the power out

a tidal surge

shit all over the ground.


Aw shit,

the crazy ass lunatic says,

you the waterboard have the manpower to take care

gravity in a Wilma event.



Aw shit,

the crazy ass lunatic says,

I know all five provincial governors pretty well,

and they know me pretty well,

I campaigned for some of them

and campaigned against some of them,

I like them, but they have not done this shit right,

they wanted grinder pumps

because they had other things they

wanted to spend their tax money on.

Aw shit,

the crazy ass lunatic says,

you the waterboard are the only people

who can get this shit done right.


Aw shit,

the waterboard maybe thinking

if we don’t get this shit done right

then maybe we will end up covered with it!


Aw shit,

the crazy ass lunatic says,

just this morning in the Key West Citizen

an article about Key Largo shit management

using grinder pumps in outlying areas,

but closer in using something else – gravity?

No, Bob the Dean says.


Yes, Bob the Dean says.

The second lesser of evil, gravity is best

the crazy lunatic says

and sayeth no more.


Aw shit,

Bob The Dean invites Kevin the Wilson

provincial engineer responsible for Cudjoe shit

to speak.


Aw shit,

only provincial employee there

Kevin the Wilson in a nutshell says

he recommended shit grinders to the five provincial governors

because they work just fine and and are cheaper to install,

unconscionable to hold the governors

to only spending the sales tax on sewers

when there are other things the governors want to buy.


Aw shit,

Bob the Dean says,

we the waterboard want gravity

and will install it if the provincial governors come up with the money –

(meaning, we the waterboard do not want shit grinders

and that shit’s the provincial governors’ to shovel.)


Aw shit, governors,

quit acting like crazy ass lunatics –

gravity and justice for all!!!


No shit,

after writing all of that

down in plain English prose,

I got hammered in a nap dream

because I had not done it in verse.


Aw shit,

some poetic license ensued.


Sloan Bashinsky

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