The Super Bowl halftime performance by The Who might have left Miami looking for more from the iconic rockers, but not so residents at Cobblestone Eagle Harbor Apartments in Orange Park, Fla., who were treated to a Keith Moon-esque car crash into the community pool on Feb. 20. The driver of the Mazda 3 hatchback and his golden retriever co-pilot (and navigator, probably) were able to escape the car and swim to safety with minor injuries, while it took a three tow truck wrecker crew four hours to pull the car out of the deep end. On a scale of one to ten, "this was a 10, as far as having to use your brain a little bit more," tow truck driver Mike Tewkesbury told Jacksonville’s News 4.
What’s that Smell?
Rapper Lil Wayne has put the kibosh on reports from the New York Post that the smell of marijuana has been preventing the sale of several of his Miami condominium investments. Although buyer prospects told the Post last December that the smell of weed emanating from a $520,000 unit was overpowering, Wayne says the herbal essence helped to sell the condo, and would likely be a selling point of a similar $2.8 million unit now on the market. "The people that are coming to look at it like that more about it,” Wayne recently said on the radio “That's like walking in Bob Marley's crib and you still smelling weed and his bed still messed up, and food still on the table. They're like, 'Leave all that shit. I want to buy all that shit.” Wayne is currently liquidating real estate assets as he prepares for a likely one-year stretch in prison on unrelated weapons charges. Sentencing in that case was postponed this week to March 2 so Wayne could have some dental work completed prior to shacking up at the big house.
So maybe you can’t quite go Starship Troopers on a bed bug infestation yet, but various techniques still exist for eradicating these pesky and tenacious creepers. The Columbia, Md.-based National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) this week released “What’s Working for Bed Bug Control in Multifamily Housing,” a 43-page report sponsored by the EPA (and not pesticide companies yeah!) that includes a cost benefit analysis of all mitigation techniques, including steaming, thermal radiation, freezing, vacuuming, and yes even pesticide application. NCHH warns that there’s no silver bullet for bed bug eradication, but says that better communication and cooperation among residents, staff, and pest control service providers lead to greater success rates.
Editor’s note: Quick & Quirky salutes MFE Senior Editor Les Shaver for an inbox full of leads this week. You can send your offbeat multifamily news to firstname.lastname@example.org.