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More on the Northwest Spreader barrier

March 1, 2017
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor:

While the Cape Council is doing high fives over the recent withdrawal of a lawsuit filed against the Cape over not replacing the Northwest Spreader Canal barrier, let us spend a few minutes going over what took place.

The stakeholder groups suing the Cape withdrew because the FDEP water district manger sent a letter to the Cape claiming that the consent order had been completed, even though the lawsuit was over the fact that the Cape never submitted the second permit to the FDEP as required by the consent order.

On Jan. 25 in my telephone conversation with the FDEP Inspector General's investigator, I was told that the consent order had been voided because the Cape had not submitted the second permit. So if the consent order has voided, then how can it be completed?

But this isn't the only trick that the Cape has done in getting around not having to put the barrier back, they even went so far as writing a letter to FDEP and telling them that they refuse to put the barrier back.

The best trick that the Cape pulled is in the consent order where all public notices for all E.M.A. meetings , which lasted over two years, had to be put in the Florida Administrative Weekly. Not one meeting was ever published in the FAW. The Cape didn't put them in the FAW and instead put some of the public meeting notices in the Breeze and other times they put public notices in the News-Press.

So is the consent order completed, voided or illegal? Maybe the Inspector General will decide or maybe our State Attorney will look into possible civil problems of having meetings that weren't published in the FAW.

Leo Amos




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