‘Lake Nasty’ cleanup to switch hands

City pre­pares to award bid to new com­pany

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How nasty is “Lake Nasty”? Ap­par­ently nas­tier than a com­pany con­tracted to clean it up ex­pected.

Ef­forts to clean up Lake No­ta­sulga — which earned the “nasty” moniker from neigh­bors af­ter it be­came filled with muck, garbage and in­va­sive over­growth — are again mov­ing for­ward as Or­lando of­fi­cials pre­pare to re­ward another con­tract to clean up the lake.

The City Coun­cil in July signed off on a con­tract with a Cler­mont-based com­pany to re­store the 1-acre pit, but the com­pany was un­able to do the job, of­fi­cials said.

“Once they went into Lake No­ta­sulga, it was a lit­tle more than the ca­pac­ity they could han­dle,” Com­mis­sioner Regina Hill said.

So now of­fi­cials are pre­par­ing to re­ward the job to Brownie’s Sep­tic & Plumb­ing, which said it can do it for $348,000. The coun­cil will first con­sider a pro­posal later this month and then the con­tract will be ex­e­cuted, spokes­woman Karyn Bar­ber said.

The lake is in Har­al­son Es­tates near John Young Park­way and was first dug as a man-made pit in the 1950s as part of a con­struc­tion project on Colo­nial Drive.

City of­fi­cials have wanted to clean it up since it was ac­quired in 2017, en­vi­sion­ing the re­stored body of wa­ter as a neigh­bor­hood park with benches and a walk­ing path.

Cen­tral Florida Lake Man­age­ment’s $194,000 bid to rid the lake of over­growth was sig­nif­i­cantly cheaper than Brownie’s bid. But it couldn’t do the work and the Cler­mont-based com­pany wasn’t paid, Bar­ber said.

Orig­i­nally work was ex­pected to be done by Jan­uary, but now that time­line has been pushed back.

Af­ter the lake is fi­nally cleaned, the Or­lando Union Res­cue Mis­sion will take over main­te­nance of once the men’s shel­ter is moved to the nearby Park­wood Inn.

Hill said other in­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ments are also planned in­clud­ing side­walk and drainage up­grades, to go along with a lake that will no longer be nasty.

“We want to make sure that we bring that lake back up to a pris­tine en­vi­ron­ment,” she said.

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