Mike Mikurak’s new campaign video focuses on millions of gallons of raw and partially treated sewage dumped by the city of St. Petersburg into Tampa Bay waters this past year.
Mikurak blames the failure to maintain the city’s infrastructure on a lack of county leadership. In particular, he targets his opponent, Charlie Justice, for that lack of leadership. Mikurak, a Republican, is challenging Justice, a Democrat, who is running for his second term on the Pinellas County Commission.
The video, which runs more than two minutes, is called “Pinellas County sewage dumping” with the tagline “Mike Mikurak addresses the sewer flooding and sewage dumping into Tampa Bay waters.”
The clip starts out with portions of news broadcasts showing protesters at a St. Pete meeting complaining about the wastewater the city dumped into the Bay.
Another segment has the captioning from ABC Action News: “Businesses blame St. Pete for contaminating marina. Claim toxic water is killing their livelihoods.”
Mikurak’s video asks: What is Charlie Justice’s solution?
It then segues to a tape of the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club debate featuring Mikurak and Justice. At the debate, Justice talked about a countywide task force he had formed to work out a countywide solution to the problem.
These words flash on the screen: “Did Charlie Justice say a task force?”
The video breaks up, and Justice’s comment is repeated.
On the screen: “Another task force!”
Then: “What do you expect from a career politician?” “We need a leader.” “We need a leader who can get results.”
Next, the camera focuses on Mikurak who talks about the importance of maintaining infrastructure and asks why it wasn’t maintained. A task force, Mikurak says, is after the fact.
Unfortunately, Mikurak says, the leadership of the county has not done that. The pipes haven’t been touched.
Mikurak says the county should create and execute a plan to fix the sewer pipes right now.
District 3 is a countywide seat. The election is Nov. 8.