File Name: WATER CONSERVATION MEASURES IN THE TOURISM INDUSTRY
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WATER CONSERVATION MEASURES IN THE TOURISM INDUSTRY
Sally A. Heyman, Prime Sponsor
Airport and Tourism Committee
Commissioner Heyman spoke in support of Governor Charlie Crist’s initiative for State delegates to patronize green hotels. She pointed out the County’s water supply was low; and noted the Tourist Development Council (TDC) should work more with hotels to conserve resources and energy. She explained the hotel industry should make environmentally friendly changes voluntarily. Commissioner Heyman pointed out these voluntary changes could include linens, towels, and laundry.
Ms. Maribel Balbin, Water Conservation Manager, Water and Sewer Department (WASD), noted the County Commission approved Memorandums of Understanding regarding the State’s Green Lighting program; and that 15 hotels in Miami were applying for that program. She pointed out WASD was asking restaurants to only serve water upon request.
Commissioner Heyman asked Ms. Balbin to present WASD’s water conservation efforts with hotels and restaurants at the next TDC meeting.
Chairman Diaz asked Ms. Balbin to make a similar presentation to the Governmental Operations and Environment Committee to discuss potential legislation regarding water conservation at hotels and restaurants.
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