Cruisin’ cool: How do Tampa's sanitation workers stay cool in the summer sun?

Spoiler: It ain't the four-day workweek.

click to enlarge Wayne Jackson, who's cool as hell. - City of Tampa
City of Tampa
Wayne Jackson, who's cool as hell.

You know what’s actually cool? Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s Neighborhood University program, in which a select group of Tampa citizens (you must live within city limits, people) get to spend several weeks immersing themselves in the many interesting trappings of Tampa’s municipal government. You don’t have to be the kind of person who gets boners for C-Span to take something away from the program, and one of the more interactive sessions found me taking a quick spin in a compressed natural gas-powered “dumpster flinger” (twin-fork trash truck) operated by cool people who have even cooler four-day work weeks.

What’s more is that the city told us that they do everything to keep their solid waste employees like the always-smiling Mr. Wayne Jackson (pictured) comfortable in the hot sun by purchasing uniforms that give workers the best chance at maintaining a safe body temperature during what promise to be some seriously hot summer months.


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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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