Sarasota News Leader

11/09/2012

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GOING NOWHERE Traffic flow near downtown Sarasota has been impeded for more than a year as work has stopped and started on a new lift station for Hudson Bayou. Photo by Norman Schimmel CITY FINDS ENGINEERING FIRM IN DEFAULT ON EFFORT TO BUILD MICRO-TUNNEL UNDER HUDSON BAYOU FOR NEW LIFT STATION By Stan Zimmerman City Editor The "mess at mound" is a molar-grinding prob- lem for neighbors living south of Hudson Bay- ou. Time and again, sewage spills into the bay- ou and immediately into the bay from City of Sarasota utility stations. After the neighbors found out the stations were squatting on non-city land, and they counted up the envi- ronmental fines and penalties the city was incurring as a result of its failing system, the political stars sudden- ly seemed to align for a multi-million dollar, "state-of-the art" lift station and innovative tunnel to be built under the bayou to move the effluent. Under the plan, Osprey Avenue would be closed (and later partially closed) at Mound Street while engineers constructed the sta- tion and punched the tunnel directly under the bayou bridge. We expect to recoup expenses. Alan Tannenbaum Attorney Four years after the engineering began, the project is a shambles. Construction law at- torney Alan Tannen- baum, with the Sara-

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