Carrabelle wary of Langston sewer plan

Gene Langston

Gene Langston

Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 01:41 PM.

Carrabelle commissioners expressed little interest in another proposal to provide water and sewer service to St. George Island .

At the Jan. 9 city meeting, developer Gene Langston asked for commissioners’ support to take another shot at offering sewer service to St. George Island . He proposed running a sewer line to Eastpoint and across the bridge to the island, but was met with skepticism and apathy.

Langston said three main problems persist with the Apalachicola Bay : lack of water from the Apalachicola River , excessive stormwater runoff and pollution by sewage.

 “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 Tampa and Chesapeake bays. He said much of the pollution entering the bay came from septic tanks on the island and that piping the sewage to Carrabelle for treatment would both solve the problem and make a profit for Carrabelle.

“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.

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