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Sarasota News Leader September 28, 2012 for the watermain project paid them cash "in the event of any damage to their property." Those threats had come in spite of the fact that the contractor had provided the county a certificate of liability; that document had to be produced before the firm could be awarded the project. The contractor for the $1,133,622.95 project is Arrow Directional Boring of Fort Lau- derdale. Carroll had provided an update in person to the County Com- mission on Aug. 20, saying project team members were going door-to-door on north Casey Key to make certain the property owners understood what the project would entail. The design, construc- tion and communi- cations team mem- bers for the project had continued to go door-to-door in Au- gust, Carroll told the News Leader Sept. 25. All property owners Page 55 er's Office, she said, "just so they'd know what was going on in the neighborhood." A June 5 staff memo to the County Commis- sion pointed out that the existing watermain was installed across Little Sarasota Bay in the early 1970s. A leak first was detected in the pipe in 1996; it was repaired but "new leaks have occurred with increasing frequen- cy," the memo said. This is the construction update notice sent to The Pointe Condominium residents on Sept. 21. It was to be emailed and mailed to the resi- dents of Casey Key on Sept. 24. they could not find at home, she said, should have received flyers at whatever addresses the team members were able to obtain for them from the Sarasota County Property Apprais- In the Aug. 16 email about the threat from the three homeown- ers, Carroll added of the project, "This 'in- terconnect' boosts water pressure and improves water qual- ity and fire flow avail- ability on both Keys. The proposed proj- ect replaces this crit- ical infrastructure in the most economi- cal, least disruptive and environmentally feasible manner, by taking a direct route from the nearest points and using the construction tech- nique known as Hor- izontal Directional Drill (HDD)." Carroll reiterated to the News Leader on Sept. 25, "The project really benefits north Casey Key and south Siesta Key," providing a reliable water source for property owners.

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