Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Florida BBQ Owners Should Also Control Their Smoke

Barbecue Smoke
Good thing there is internet today because almost everyone can easily find some of the worlds stupidest and laughable rules imposed by a government institution.

The latest video that can be found in YouTube is about an "unjust system" from Florida, specifically Pinellas County. After reading this report, you probably won't know if you will cry in frustration or just hit your heard in the wall.

The incident happened last 22 July, Pinellas County resident Scotty Jordan posted a video, which has been watched over four million times, of an exchange between himself and Pinellas County Environmental Specialist Joe Graham, with the county employee saying the homeowner has to control the smoke coming off his BBQ grill.

"I just took three pictures of smoke," Graham explains. "I can smell it again right now. You’re allowed to have it smell on your property, so that doesn’t count, but when I’m on the street, that’s when it counts."

Jordan can be heard laughing in the video as the specialist continues to explain the problem.

"Is that against the law?" one of the man questions.

Graham proceeds to pull out his handbook and informs the men that neighbors are allowed to call in if they have concerns about barbecue smoke. Pinellas County has a 24 hour hotline for residents to call in an emergency air quality complaint.

According to the ordinance, "commercial barbecue cookers are not exempt from causing a nuisance odor. If a sufficient number of complaints, representing different households, are reported and an Inspector witnesses the problem, they can issue a Warning Letter."

The two men continue to laugh in disbelief and explain that other neighbors routinely cook out but no one appears to issuing warnings to them.

"So everyone in the whole world can cook out except me," Jordan can he heard saying.

Graham also says that in order to avoid a warning, the men should first check wind patterns before starting to barbecue—or upgrade their equipment to a newer model designed to curtail smoke and odors.

Graham's friend, who videoed the entire scene says, "We can't control the wind, God does that."

In an email obtained by Florida Politics, Pinellas County Administrator Mark Woodard says that the inspector was responding 15 smoke and odor grievances against Jordan's grill since September 2014.

He said that Graham was merely sent out to educate the resident. According to SaintPetersBlog, no citation was issued to Jordan.

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