After a mosquito bite in 1943, my father contracted malaria in Sicily as an 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper, silently suffering the lifetime effects.
Now, in 2022, I'm running for a seat on the board of our Anastasia Mosquito Control District of St. Johns County (AMCD), and would be honored to have your vote on or before November 8, 2022.
Our Florida way of life and our tourist economy rest on controlling the disease-carrying pestiferous mosquitoes that once made this place virtually uninhabitable.
Thanks to Commissioner Jeanne Moeller, AMCD is now a leader, not a punchline for cool Ed Hall cartoons. Chairman Moeller's leadership, and Commissioner John Sundeman's, helped halt wasteful spending. The battles were epic, Sunshine laws were violated and exposed, and the public interest finally prevailed over illegal, no-bid purchase of a $1.8 million luxury Bell Jet helicopter. I was proud to be a part of it, joining with Robin Nadeau, former Army Captain Don Girven and other local residents in asking questions and demanding answers. AMCD was saved from an unwise proposed St. Johns County takeover, and remains today as an independent scientific and technical organization that is becoming known as a world leader on environmentally-friendly mosquito control.
Thanks to the will of the people of St. Johns County, informed by good reporting by local journalists, AMCD now practices and teaches safe, sane mosquito control, saving lives from mosquito-borne diseases.
While malaria is not a current threat here, other mosquito-borne diseases are, and could increase with global climate change.
From the American Association for the Advancement of Science's SCIENCE Magazine, current issue: