Thursday, June 21, 2012

What’s Taking Soooooooo Long?

There are still a lot of outside storage bins in Deerfield Beach; clothing deposit bins, most of them from for-profit outfits, illegally placed in parking lots and other places in spite of an ordinance against them. 
 So what?  Well fair is fair.  Look back at my post of January 4th, “Charity Begins at Home. Help the Salvation Army. Allow the Bins”. If the for-profit bins are allowed, how about the not-for-profit bins?

Shortly after my post there was a flurry of activity with some property owners receiving warnings about the bins, and some bins being removed.  This has died down and I still see the offending bins.  Someone is making money off of used clothing most people think is going to charity.

This bin just showed up by the Armstrong Fitness gym on Country Club road.  There is nothing on the bin showing who owns it.

I was told that when some bins were removed by the property owners, the bad bin people replaced them right away.  That time the city helped get rid of them.  But there are still a bunch out there.  This after 6 months of city promises. How about assessing fines? How about getting John Scott, the scrap metal guy, to haul them away, that would be a help to the owners and money in John’s pocket.

It was after the volunteer from the Salvation Army asked the city’s permission to place their collection bins, and after he was refused permission, that I wrote that post.  It is not right that for-profit companies should get away with having bins, and a legitimate charity, who takes the legal route of asking permission, should not. 

The Deerfield Beach Commission refused to allow all collection bins, in effect legalizing what is now done.  The reasons were that there would be a mess if outside storage was allowed, hmmm, don't we have ordinances against messes?  However, they did agree to work on an ordinance that would allow charity bins to be placed on the property of not for profit organizations, and they agreed to enforce the ordinance against the placement of the bogus bins. Let’s see how that has worked out.

The city is still winking at the Kiwanis shoe collection bins, if they are OK, then why not wink at the Salvation Army bins?  It seems to me that they should just go ahead and plop the bins down anywhere they can get a property owner to say OK, and start raking in the donations.  Oops, the Salvation Army has integrity and operates within the law, unlike the Kiwanis, who when they found out they were in code violation, did NOTHING, wink, wink. 

It has been 6 months, and no ordinance.  Many other issues have come up and ordinances have been written and passed in those 6 months.  But, the Salvation Army is still waiting, politely, hopefully, and one would think prayerfully. 

It is time for code enforcement to get serious:  Do Your Job, if it is a law, ENFORCE IT.  And it is time for the City Commission to insist that the clothing bin ordinance be written, and passed. 

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