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State Increases Sewage Fine To Fort Lauderdale To $2.1 Million — Largest Penalty In State History

Fort Lauderdale sewage
Caitie Switalski
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WLRN

The state of Florida has hit the city of Fort Lauderdale with a $2.1 million penalty, the largest in its history, after scores of sewage spills that wreaked havoc on house-lined streets and rivers and canals.

Residents were forced to step in sludge outside their homes while city workers played an exhausting game of whack-a-mole trying to keep up with the leaks in a series of sewage crises that state officials Friday called “unprecedented.”

In February, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection slapped the city with a $1.8 million fine. - the largest fine at the time.

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