Issue 216: 2014
Abstract: This year marks 100 years of the Division of Hotels and Restaurants serving the people of Florida and its visitors. That is 100 years of working with the hospitality industry to protect the public’s health, safety, and welfare - 100 years of change, innovation, and improvement. Despite changes in name and structure, the Division’s mission to protect the public’s health, safety, and welfare in public lodging and food service establishments remains unchanged. What started as the Hotel Commission in 1913 has grown into a nationally recognized, award-winning leader in food and lodging regulation. The Division’s leadership and dedication to public service is integral to its century of successfully safeguarding the state’s citizens and over 80 million annual visitors who eat in restaurants and stay in public lodgings.
In-Field Performance Evaluation of BioCOIR® Media Filters on Homes in Virginia with a Critique on the Statistical Misapplication Called Pseudoreplication
Abstract: A wastewater treatment system using media composed of the recycled husks of coconuts (100% coir fiber) was evaluated using 20 permanently occupied single-family residences located in Virginia. Sampling began in the summer of 2009 and continued through the summer of 2011. Concentrations of five-day biochemical oxygen demand, total suspended solids, nitrogen species (Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen, nitrate + nitrite), and Escherichia coli were measured in system influent and effluent four times (once in each season) for each home. Total phosphorus was measured from each home’s influent and effluent once during the study. Field parameters (Dissolved Oxygen, pH, temperature) and water meter readings, if available, were also taken concurrent with sampling. This paper provides information on the performance of this attached growth treatment system under real world conditions and compares it to data collected from a test center in Massachusetts. This paper also critiques the statistical evaluation approach utilized by the Virginia Department of Health in their evaluation program as mandating pseudoreplication.