Carrabelle commissioners expressed little interest in another proposal to provide water and sewer service to
At the Jan. 9 city meeting, developer Gene Langston asked for commissioners’ support to take another shot at offering sewer service to
Langston said three main problems persist with the
“They’ve tested the bay for 40 years but nobody has done anything on a large scale to make it right,” he said. “I don’t care how much freshwater is coming down the river if you keep polluting it.”
Langston said similar problems were what killed
“You have plenty of capacity,” he said.
He suggested funding for the pipeline to Carrabelle and the sewer system on the island could be obtained from the BP oil suit settlement.
“I see this as a regional problem,” said Langston. “I don’t mind doing the legwork (to obtain BP funding). I need to know you are willing to (support the project),” he said.
But, several commissioners were openly critical of the project.
“I think we would be overstepping our business capacity,” Commissioner Brenda La Paz. “The Northwest Florida Water Management District would like to see us as a regional provider, but they want to see smart reasonable growth. There are closer areas we could serve.”
She said SummerCamp,
“Those lots will develop with septic tanks anyway. I’ve sold hundreds of those one acre lots,” said Langston.
Commissioner Charlotte Schneider agreed with
Former city commissioner Cal Allen spoke from the audience to say the city had a right to pursue a business deal with the island with or without support from the county. But he questioned the feasibility of the plan.
He said he did not believe it was legal to run a sewer line across the bay because it receives special protection under state law.
Langston said he believed that a pipeline could be constructed on the bridge.
Commissioners moved to table the discussion until further research could be done on the feasibility of Langston’s project.