Miami Beach community honors 2 ‘extraordinary’ sanitation workers

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Saul Scruggs and Keon Richardson thought they were just showing up to their regular collection route on Miami Beach’s North Bay Road community. But they weren’t. A surprise was waiting for them.

The neighbors held a celebration of gratitude fit for the essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic. Even Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber showed up to salute them.

“They do so much more than pick up our trash. What is particularly special about these two men is the positive energy that they bring with them,” Jennifer Elegant wrote in the event’s invitation. “They always have smiles ... If you know them, you love them!”

The neighborhood showed up with envelopes, balloons, signs and gifts. There were residents from Alton Road, La Gorce Island and Sunset Islands. Their supervisors and relatives were there to celebrate.

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