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State To Fort Lauderdale: Pay Record Fine For Sewage Spills Or Invest In Environment

Fort Lauderdale sewage
Caitie Switalski

FORT LAUDERDALE — After a series of epic sewage spills that killed fish and fouled the air in neighborhoods from Rio Vista to Coral Ridge, Fort Lauderdale was hit with a $2.1 million whopper of a fine — the largest in state history.

But on Tuesday night, commissioners approved a deal with state officials that would allow the city to spend more than $3 million on an environmental restoration project in lieu of paying the fine.

“This is a great win-win in my eyes,” Commissioner Ben Sorensen said after the vote. “We can partner with the state and improve the quality of our waterways.”

Read more at our news partner the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

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