‘Venice of Amer­ica’ pol­luted

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - VOICES & OPINION - Don Crites, Pom­pano Beach

Fort Laud­erdale is be­com­ing the Lake O of South Florida. Twenty mil­lion gal­lons of raw sewage has spilled into wa­ter­ways in the last two years due to the malfea­sance of our city com­mis­sion­ers and the mayor. They would rather brag about freez­ing the prop­erty tax rate, raise wa­ter/sewage rates, yet di­vert $106 mil­lion of those col­lected monies to cover un­re­lated city bud­get deficits.

Al­most $800 mil­lion has been paid out in dam­age claims to our res­i­dents. Now we hear that there is a fund­ing gap over the next five years of $151 mil­lion for sewer projects and $191 mil­lion for wa­ter projects, and next year they may have to bor­row up to $200 mil­lion to tackle the big­gest projects.

Mean­while, these same lead­ers are still pur­su­ing the $195 mil­lion Wave street­car project that will serve only a se­lect few res­i­dents on its pro­posed 2.7 mile track. Let’s hope the elec­tric street­cars can op­er­ate in high wa­ter and smelly sewage. Great job, com­mis­sion­ers.

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