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Jack Latvala calls for delegation to meet again to discuss Pinellas sewer woes

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State Sen. Jack Latvala has called for a follow-up workshop meeting of the Pinellas legislative delegation to hear and discuss the effects of the recent discharge of untreated sewage into Tampa Bay waters by cities in Pinellas County during Hurricane Hermine. The meeting will be Nov. 16, from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Education and Conference Center, 701 4th St. S. in St. Petersburg. Part of the event will be a presentation by the Florida Department of Environmental…

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St. Pete City Council orders outside audit of sewer report

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St. Petersburg City Council members voted Thursday unanimously to call in outside auditors to find out why a 2014 sewer report was never given to the mayor or council. It’s also likely that the committee will bring in an outside consultant to evaluate the management of the city’s water resources department. The item will be on an upcoming agenda of a council committee. It’s likely the consultant will also be asked to widen the evaluation to include both the sanitation…

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Rick Kriseman accuses governor of playing politics with the sewage issue

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Gov. Rick Scott is guilty of political grandstanding when calling for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to investigate sewage overflows in St. Petersburg, Mayor Rick Kriseman said. “The Department of Environmental Protection is already involved in this issue,” Kriseman said in a written statement. “And given that the governor is singling out St. Petersburg and ignoring the actions of governments across our region, we have to chalk this up to politics.” Kriseman was reacting to the news that Scott…

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Rick Kriseman calls for review of St. Petersburg water department management

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Mayor Rick Kriseman has called for a review of the management of the St. Petersburg water resources department. Kriseman’s call comes in the wake of accusations by water resources employee Craven Askew that city officials knew closing the Albert Whitted sewer plant could cause overflows and the subsequent dumping of wastewater into Tampa Bay. Kriseman issued this statement late Friday afternoon: “Included in Mr. Askew’s email is a consultant’s report that I believe has never been shared publicly or with…

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Pinellas Legislative Delegation to meet to discuss sewer discharge

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State Sen. Jack Latvala, chairman of the Pinellas County legislative delegation, announced a delegation workshop meeting to hear about and discuss the recent discharge of untreated sewage into Tampa Bay waters by cities in Pinellas County. The meeting will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Karen A. Steidinger Auditorium on Tuesday. The auditorium is located at 100 Eighth Ave. S.E., which is at the Fish & Wildlife Research Institute on the University of South Florida St. Pete…

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