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County Looks at Sewer Options at Special Session - May 22, 2002

A special Commissioners' meeting was held on May 22 at the Marathon Government Center in the afternoon to discuss how best to utilize available grant money .This was a source of frustration to commissioners. . County Commissioners voice frustration over the lack of action on solving wastewater problems in the Keys and over the possible lost of State and FEMA moneys. FEMA has provided $6.4 million from the Agency's Unmet Needs Program. Also the new Florida budget has allocated $12 million for local wastewater projects that must be established before the end of 2003.


Quoted prior to the meeting in several local papers are Commissioner George Nugent, Ken Sorensen, and Mayor Sonny McCoy.

 Nugent comments " . . I am frustrated with where we are. We have not accomplished a damn thing."

 Sorensen is quoted, " It is time to get moving on wastewater."

 Mayor McCoy states, "We are all on the same page with wastewater. It is critical that we do something now. "


The Commissioners have asked that the County Administrator provide them with recommendations as to possible sites in June . Sites mentioned by individual Commissioners for utilization of part of the funds are Stock island combined with Summerland Key as well as Utility Island on Duck Key. Both these areas were mentioned particularly in utilizing grant monies which require use of an existing wastewater treatment plant as part of eliminating area nutrient levels.

 Commissioners dicussed how best to use $4.75 million in Environmental Protection Agency and Monroe County matching dollars to provide a wastewater demonstration project to meet EPA requirements.

 Also discussed was how to provide a sewer authority to the Middle and Lower Keys, and how to use $6 million of infrastructure funds to maximize wastewater projects possibly on Stock Island and Summerland Key, and Duck Key.





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