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To the editor:
Annually for three to four months we share Sunset Beach island with vacationers, who do much for the economy and financial security of business owners and their employees. Yes, there is a downside; however, the good far outweighs the bad.
The town garbage ordinance clearly states garbage cans cannot be placed out before 2 p.m. the day prior to pickup and must be returned no later than 2 p.m. on the day after collection. Therefore, Councilwoman Karen Joseph, there may have been garbage cans outside occupied homes during your Saturday visit.
Sorry this upsets you; perhaps you should check the ordinance and schedule your visits accordingly.
Councilwoman Carol Scott stated she is concerned about varmints and wind scattering garbage. I agree, it is a problem when cans are overflowing. So perhaps each home should have two trash containers, but oh my, that would be twice the number of cans to upset Councilwoman Joseph.
A solution: continue to employ a person to return trash cans and have every renter sign a form, provided by the rental companies, stating renters are responsible for returning trash containers or a fee of $25 will be assessed to them. If for some reason this does not happen, then the rental company would incur that fee.
You see, Councilwoman Scott, homeowners are no more in control of what renters fail to do than you are responsible for trash surrounding the building of your home on the island.