Michael K. Hein: No snow? Florida needs a mountain


Published: Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 1:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 1:45 p.m.

In the 1/13/11 Gainesville Sun it was reported that Florida was the only state in the country that did not have snow on the ground. What we need is a mountain!

Perhaps we could advocate that Broward County increase the height of the “Mount Trashmore” landfill we have all seen from the turnpike. I mean really increase the height of it! If we got it high enough we could build ski slopes on the top and people could ski even in summer! Think of the economic boom that would result with all of the tourists flocking to Florida, not only in winter but also in summer to go skiing.

Of course there would be all of the support services needed: hotels, restaurants, cold weather clothing and ski equipment outlets or rental stands, etc. When we got it high enough we could level off the top and build a restaurant on the top, and maybe even an ice skating rink and spa. Being cold enough for snow at the top, we wouldn’t have to worry about air conditioning. Probably wouldn’t need much heat either, since people would be dressed for cold temperatures to go skiing and ice skating. Maybe even add some ice igloos for people to rent if they wanted to stay overnight.

Think of all the environmental studies that would be needed. Scientists and geologists would need to monitor the snow pack to ensure it didn’t become so thick that a glacier formed and started sliding down the mountain. Of course it would need to have its own weather station at the top (think more people employed).

Best of all, if we made it a state-wide project, all the cities and towns in the state could send their garbage to Broward County to assist in the project. That would solve many storage problems in other parts of the state. I wonder what effect it would have on approaching hurricanes with the cold downdrafts from it? Should we get started tomorrow?

Michael Hein is a Gainesville environmental consultant who (luckily) spends most of his time identifying algae in water samples from around the country.

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