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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Hi Everybody,

The old-timers on the Lansing (MI) Fire Department will whimsically recall this new recruits uniformed a** (literally!), up in the air most mornings, bent over the big trash bins, digging through, picking out the recyclables.  It was before curbside recycling service and big fancy bins and such (1983).  I eventually placed and maintained recycling containers (cardboard boxes) in all 9 fire houses.   Now, LFD has curbside recycling.  And you do too!

Pasco County Recycling Coordinator Jennifer L. Seney, FMN, FMG reminds us all to “Curb Your Blues”. Not that it isn’t excellent and timeless advice, but she’s not referring to putting your depression on hold.  Moreover, she’s encouraging us to use those attractive Blue Bags for curbside recycling.  Thanks for all that you do, Jennifer, and of your tireless Pasco County Utilities Fiscal & Business Services Department teams over there in New Port Richey.  Thanks also goes to Eric Keaton and Ed Caum of Pasco County Tourism Development Office, who just today at the PascoCounty.com/7th Annual Tourism Summit  reiterated the close link between tourism and maintaining a pristine environment.

Pasco County has long served as a quintessential family vacation destination, also known as the Southernmost County on Florida’s Nature Coast.  Whos motto is ‘It’s Only Natural‘,  her natural ‘eco.tunities‘, international sporting events and Gulf coastal attractions [see: Vimeo.com/Nature Coast FAM], do just that  ~attract ~  a lucky several hundred thousand adventure seeking visitors each year from all reaches of the world.   As John Webb, President of Florida Sports proudly pronounces “Florida ~ Where the World comes to Play”.  To me, this also begs the difficult question.  “How can we develop our (tourism) resources while still protecting our parks and communities ~ our environment?”

Some statistics show that for every 82 tourists, 1 job is created.  But what kind of impact does that same amount of visitors have on the environment?  Theodore Roosevelt once said “Conservation means development as much as it does protection, but the nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired in value.”  So, in addition to awareness and education on the subjects of Tourism and Naturism, the Environment will be a concurrent theme during my tenure if I am elected as Honorary Mayor of Land O’Lakes and for the multitudes of trips around the sun into the ever after.  I would propose to Jennifer that we work closely to understand, and perhaps, take the lead in managed growth as it relates to the tourism industry.  What are they doing over there in Polk?  I’d like to hear how they’re handling  these types of things.  From what I heard at the Pasco County Tourism Summit today, I gather very well.

Kudos to Eric and Ed for an all-star line-up again this year.  It’s my 3rd Summit.  I enjoy seeing faces, known and new, and come away with new perspectives on a myriad of complex subjects concerning tourism.   Each year very different, and always informative.   Eric and Ed say good-bye to our beloved Colleen, and a cheery hello to their new assistant, Audrey.  Her inaugural Summit, Audrey’s performance was a stellar  display of efficiency and good old fashioned Southern hospitality .  Friendly as a puppy, I think she is happy to have found a new ‘home’.   Best wishes Audrey!

Peace, Love, Unity & Respect,

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Oakes 4 O’Lakes
P.O. Box 2975
L.O.L. 34639
pamoakeslol@gmail.com

“Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world.  In fact, it is the only thing that ever has”.  — Margaret Mead

For more information please call Pasco County Recycling (727) 847-8041 or visit www.pascocountyutilities.com

A Pam Promise: I will make every attempt to offer recycling at any events that I organize and encourage others to follow Pasco County’s commitment to the environment. See HOW TO OPTIMIZE RECYCLING AT YOUR PASCO COUNTY EVENT.

Classifieds:  I am actively seeking Volunteers  in many areas to assist with the Pam Oakes 4 Land O’Lakes campaign which runs through to its conclusion in March 2013 at the Central Pasco Business Expo.  Please contact me at pamoakesLOL@gmail.com

Classifieds:  Intern Opportunities!!!  Volunteer Recycling Coordinator and as many elves as possible to assist a small town hopeful.  Apply at pamoakesLOL@gmail.com

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Recycling in Pasco County

HOW TO OPTIMIZE RECYCLING AT YOUR PASCO COUNTY EVENT
Event recycling starts at the top with the event organizer(s). Recycling has to be planned.
Recycling at an event is an educational function; assume attendees, vendors and volunteers know nothing about recycling and be prepared to educate them.
Each level of the event organization has its recycling job.

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Event_Recycling_in_Pasco_County – PDF

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PamOakes.com – Here’s how to use this site.

Pam Oakes presents Pasco

Pam Oakes presents Pasco

Greetings from Beautiful Pasco County, Florida, USA!

Official Site of Honorary Mayor of Land O Lakes Pam Oakes at PamOakes.com

Welcome to beautiful Pasco County Florida and the virtual campaign headquarters of Pam Oakes!

In late 2012 I announced my candidacy for Honorary Mayor of Land O’Lakes

This is a Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce annual fundraising event.  The candidate collecting the most donations for the Chamber wins. 100 % of all monetary contributions become the property of the Chamber. Donations were received from everywhere! Winner was announced at the Chamber Business Expo March 15 & 16, 2013.

I hope you enjoy this state-of-the-art website designed by Kevin Tambling at Accelerated Global.  Through this miracle of technology I’ll be able to share with you all that I have come to love about Pasco County and my current dash for the sash as I make my inaugural bid for Honorary Mayor. My message to Pasco County on International Tourism, Naturism and the Ecology is a simple one amidst the complexities of each.  Through the efforts of myself and my staff, we hope to look back over my tenure as Honorary Mayor of Land O’Lakes and see a small community that has grown in its appreciation for its link to the past, her vast diversity and opportunity, and to see us all having become a little more united and with a common goal of a healthier self, community and planet.

I hope to join the thrones of former Honorary Mayors of Land O’Lakes who really made a difference during their campaign and subsequent tenure. As you peruse the pages of this website, you will learn  how this once rough-n-tumble tomboy from the upper Midwest came to capture headlines as a “Trailblazer” in the Lansing (MI) State Journal.  Read all about my colorful herstory and a long history of public service that has led me to this race by clicking on Bio. There, I expand on my campaign goals and platform issues that I have chosen to bring awareness to.  I believe these issues are directly related to a local economy that is strong and sustainable.

Through utilization of the massive resources available to us, I hope to educate not only my fellow Pasconians, but citizens in the far reaches of Europe as well, about the wonders of Pasco County.  I hope to shed a positive light on this big-time County with a small town feel whose motto is “It’s Only Natural”. Learn more about why Pasco County is the quintessential family vacation destination and why it is a desirable location for International visitors on the International Tourism page.

Attendees at the 7th Annual Pasco Tourism Summit watched in awe at the recently released Pasco/Citrus/Hernando County tourism project “6 days on Florida’s Nature Coast”. The video takes the virtual traveler down the breathtaking ‘Blue Trailway’.

What makes Pasco County so special?

What makes Pasco County so special?

What makes Pasco County so special? It’s people!  Virtuous and loyal customers, good stewards to our less fortunate, we are known worldwide to be warm and accommodating with our Southern hospitality. We are the southernmost county on Florida’s Nature Coast with a breathtaking blue trailway. This is just the beginning of an impressive list of ‘eco’tunities in our midst.  Following the nature theme, it is the reason ‘Doc’ Brubaker first settled in this region upon the advice from his doctor to “skinny dip” and enjoy the therapeutics of nature more.  He and his wife opened Pasco County’s first naturist and health facility in 1941.  Find out more about this age old practice, its roots in Europe and the Lake Como Family Community & Naturist Resort and how it has now become the epicenter of a large diverse clustering of naturist and clothing-optional resorts, RV parks and campgrounds located in central Pasco on the Naturism page.

Throughout Pam’s Naked Pasco, I use the term “naked” many times in the ethereal sense.  This is an organic site of mind and body where everything is free from additives and drama, and is only occupied by pure food, water, feelings, love and light.  For the naturist and non-naturist alike, my calendar of events and fun things to do in Pasco County, indeed includes things to do naked in Pasco County that are in appropriate and safe settings, but also where to find naked unadulterated food, places to go with natural surroundings and the like.  After you discover what naturism is, and perhaps more importantly, what it is not, you may choose from my specially picked list of events and fun things to do to ‘dip your toe’ into the waters of naturism.  I can talk until I’m blue in the face on why I chose the naturist lifestyle and how I feel it is a vital component in a wholesome existence, but this truly is one of those instances where one must experience it for themselves to fully appreciate the benefits.  Therefore, I’ve developed some creative and discreet ways to ‘test the waters’ of social nudism for the seriously curious.

One would be in remiss to speak on the subjects of Tourism and Naturism and not include the Environment in the conversation.  Both Tourism and Naturism are intrinsically linked to the Environment by virtue of beautiful parks and communities, pristine waterways and clean drinking water.  Should we be careless with our environment, not only do future generations suffer so does our “golden egg” of tourism.  Visitors won’t come and people won’t want to live here unless it’s kept up. Check out more on how you can pitch in and maintain our community’s natural resources on my Recycling page.

Visit the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce [CPCC] page and learn how they have been promoting businesses and helping families since 1975.  Find out how you can get free maps and your own copy of their Membership Directory & Business Guide. See a complete list of Ground Rules for the Annual Honorary Mayor’s RaceAnd remember……Shop Local First!

“The Central Pasco Honorary Mayor’s Race is a Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce fundraising tradition and is held solely for the purpose of raising donation funds for the Chamber.  There is no political office that is won.  There is no salary or compensation for serving as Honorary Mayor.  The Chamber members, who run, do so for fun and to fund raise for the Chamber and to create some visibility for themselves and their business.” — from Honorary Mayor Ground Rules 2012.

Central Pasco Chamber of Commercewww.CentralPascoChamber.com – See their Facebook page

Pasco County Tourismwww.VisitPasco.net – See their Facebook page

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