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

Jun 12, 2020
Fort Lauderdale sewage
Caitie Switalski / 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.

AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD

On this Thursday, June 4, episode of Sundial:

Holding Police Accountable 

Protesters across the country are calling for police to be held accountable for their actions following violence by officers at demonstrations. The Ft. Lauderdale Police Department is asking for any video footage from protestors at Sunday’s demonstration as an officer is being investigated after shooting a woman in the head with a foam rubber bullet

Bibi Andrade

A 42-inch sewer pipe that burst in Miami Beach earlier this week, triggering breaks in two more lines, has been repaired.

City officials said the line along Michigan Avenue was fixed Friday and would be back in service by the end of the day. Contractors are still working on smaller breaks along Pine Tree Drive and Harding Avenue, spokeswoman Melissa Berthier said in an email.

Bibi Andrade

Residents of Miami Beach, Surfside and Bal Harbour Village are being warned to steer clear of some waterways and reduce water use after three sewer line breaks this week.

Fort Lauderdale’s Polluted Waterways Need Help: Here Come The Oysters

Mar 5, 2020
Mike Stocker / South Florida Sun Sentinel

As broken sewage pipes foul Fort Lauderdale’s waterways, a group of conservationists has begun deploying one of the world’s most formidable filtration systems.

A single oyster can cleanse more than 50 gallons of water a day. Volunteers with Coastal Conservation Association, a recreational fishing and conservation group, have begun distributing 100 pizza-sized mini-reefs to waterfront homeowners that will provide places for oyster larvae to latch onto, reach adulthood and turn into an army of water cleaners.

Another Sewer Main Break In Fort Lauderdale

Feb 24, 2020
JOE CAVARETTA / SOUTH FLORIDA SUN SENTINEL

City crews are on the scene of another sewer line break in Fort Lauderdale, officials said Monday.

Initial reports indicate the break happened in a 14-inch sewer line in the parking lot area of George English Park, 1101 Bayview Dr., city spokesman Chaz Adams said in an email. The line that broke is connected to a nearby pumping station.

Because of the latest break, Bayview Drive is closed north of Sunrise Boulevard. Police are at the scene directing traffic.

Daniel A. Varela / Miami Herald

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is imposing a nearly $1.8 million fine on the City of Fort Lauderdale for the more than 200 million gallons of sewage spilled since December last year. 

That announcement came just hours after a Tuesday meeting where Fort Lauderdale City Commissioners were briefed about their options to seek state and federal dollars to fix the city's deteriorating sewage infrastructure. 

Pipe Breaks Still Haunting Fort Lauderdale. This Time It’s A Water Main.

Feb 10, 2020
Joe Cavaretta / Sun Sentinel

Residents in two Fort Lauderdale neighborhoods are being told to boil their tap water after yet another pipe break.

It’s the latest one to haunt Fort Lauderdale, a city scrambling to fix a crumbling network of underground water and sewer pipes after years of neglect.

This time, a water main ruptured under the south fork of the New River on Saturday, forcing the city to issue yet another boil-water order.

Michael Laughlin / South Florida Sun Sentinel

The building boom in full swing in Fort Lauderdale might just hit a wall as city leaders struggle to contain a never-ending series of sewer pipe breaks.

Critics of the city’s ongoing development spurt have been calling for a moratorium for years. Developers have been just as outspoken in opposing what they call a drastic measure that would have dire effects on the city’s tax base.

Pipe-break City: Fort Lauderdale Works To Fix Three Broken Pipes Today

Feb 3, 2020
Fort Lauderdale sewage
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Fort Lauderdale, a city with water and sewer lines old enough to crack and crumble, was dealing with a trifecta of pipe breaks on Monday.

Sewage Spilling To Middle River After Another Pipe Break In Fort Lauderdale

Jan 30, 2020
Joe Cavaretta / South Florida Sun Sentinel

Fort Lauderdale’s sewage problems continue to worsen with the city’s first pipe break of 2020.

Broken Water Main Brings Flooding And Boil Water Notice To Victoria Park

Jan 16, 2020
Joe Cavaretta / South Florida Sun Sentinel

Crews in Fort Lauderdale are working to repair a pipe break for the seventh time in the last month — but at least this time it isn’t sewage flooding the streets.

A contractor working in the area of Northeast Fourth Street and Seventh Avenue struck a 12-inch water main on Wednesday afternoon, which sent water flooding the streets of Victoria Park.

The City of Fort Lauderdale issued a precautionary boil water notice effective immediately to the properties in Northeast Second Street to Northeast Fifth Street between Northeast Seventh Avenue and Northeast Ninth Avenue.

Fort Lauderdale sewage
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

People were eager to hear Fort Lauderdale leaders' action plans in the aftermath of last month's sewage spills.  

City Mayor Dean Trantalis addressed more than 255 people in city hall during a town hall Thursday night. 

The topic: aging infrastructure and sewage. 

"I'm looking to see they have a plan in the first place and that the plan is solid," resident Juliette Rocque said. 

 

Sea Rise Is Making Fort Lauderdale's Sewage Leaks Worse

Jan 9, 2020
Daniel A. Varela / Miami Herald

Fort Lauderdale is soaked in waste after six sewage spills from decaying pipes dumped more than 126 million gallons of raw sewage directly into nearby rivers and canals over the last few weeks. That’s about the volume of 191 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

But something important has been lost in the stinking mess: Most of it isn’t actually poop or other flushed stuff. More than half of the volume flowing through the city’s crumbling sewage infrastructure is actually groundwater seeping in through the many, many cracks and holes in the aging system.

Fort Lauderdale
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Fort Lauderdale City Commissioners voted unanimously to spend $65 million to replace part of the sewer main that broke repeatedly last month, leaving streets, yards and waterways contaminated over the holidays.

The new sewer main will run 7.5 miles underground and take 16 to 18 months to install.

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