A New Beginning... Mayor Reveals Future for Ft. Lauderdale's Waterways
It was an action-packed episode in our West Palm Beach studio at 850 WFTL this past weekend, complete with the Mayor of Fort Lauderdale discussing the future of Fort Lauderdale's waterways. We're here to clear murky waters NOW with Your Detective of the Air!
Fort Lauderdale's Mayor, Dean Trantalis has been under immense pressure from the Fort Lauderdale community for solutions to the city sewer pipes bursting left and right from their own high-pressure situations.
Radio host Steve Warneke introduced our special guest with a positive note, commenting on what an outstanding job Mayor Trantalis has done communicating to the public about what's happening, where the city is at and where they're going, on social media, in meetings, and public announcements.
The mayor acknowledged that it's been a tough undertaking to get cooperation,
"We have a lot on our plate, and unfortunately, there are those who are still looking to find blame and point fingers..."
And it's true, many in the community have been blaming Mayor Trantalis and his administration for dropping the ball, when in fact, the problems that plague the city's sewer system now, gave warning signs of impending disaster long ago.
"Keep in mind back in 2016 we had another sewer break over in Tarpon River and which was a major a disaster in that area and that's when we woke up, I mean, that's when I woke up, realizing that [the previous] administration had been lying to us, telling us that everything was structurally sound."
And Mayor Trantalis came to The Steve Warneke Show prepared to set the record straight on steps his administration is taking in Fort Lauderdale, explaining that when he took off a couple of years ago, his first goal was to change the administration's methodology of spending money and focus on trying to rebuild Fort Lauderdale's infrastructure entirely.
"And we have done that, and it took a little time not everyone understood the importance of the things that we needed to do, but ultimately the Commission came together... In a couple weeks you're gonna hear an announcement where we're going to completely eliminate that drain on the [water and sewer] fund. So what are we doing going forward, we are rebuilding the main sewage pipe that ran from 17th Street Causeway... up to Coral Ridge Golf Course."
THAT'S SEVEN AND A HALF MILES!
The city is rebuilding seven and a half miles of sewer line to the tune of 65 million dollars. With contractors currently installing the pipe, the mayor is excited for his city to finally put its head around the challenge and get the job done. What was originally planned to take 5 years, under the new administration could take only 18 months, with the contractors advising an early completion by the end of this year...
"This goes to show you that this commission, a can-do commission, getting the job done now."
Mayor Trantalis also shared the Commission's decision to rebuild the city's out-dated water treatment plant to make it more resilient so the city doesn't run out of water when a category five hurricane hits.
The Mayor of Fort Lauderdale also revealed that once the seven-mile sewer line was replaced with a new one, the city is going back to the old pipes that have continued to break, and with new technologies, realign it for a redundant, backup system- just in case.
He also explained that the Commission is taking cleanup of the waterways from multiple perspectives besides sewer bursts, including limiting insecticides on lawns, etc., trying to ensure the quality of the waterways.
With this thorough plan of objectives already well underway, the mayor declared that probably within the next 36 months, Fort Lauderdale was going to be a shining example, the most resilient city in the state of Florida.
"We are the Venice of America- we should be proud of our waterways, our livelihood depends on it... this is important to me, I know it's important to the rest of the Commission because we have to maintain our environment- that's the most thing."
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