|Published:||Dec 11, 2012 5:37 PM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 11, 2012 9:41 PM EST|
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Charlotte County wants to spend two million dollars of your money it to dig up algae in one of Port Charlotte's popular waterways.
We're talking about Sunshine Lake and Sunrise Waterway under Elkcam Boulevard and Gertrude Avenue.
The signs say it all but homeowner Paul Goulart says the smell sends an even louder message.
"The wind goes the right way and three streets over you're getting this smell," he says.
Goulart takes a walk over the Gertrude Avenue bridge several times a week.
"I've had to reroute sometimes," he says.
Because the smell coming from below, is just too pungent for him to take.
"It just depends on which way the wind's blowing, which way I'm going to be facing as I cross over the bridge here," he adds.
"A total disaster that could have been averted," says Joanne Mulvaney.
Joanne Mulvaney's house overlooks the waterway. She says back in 2009, she noticed scum along the embankment and took her concerns to the county.
"What I thought was the drying up of the canal was really the top surface of the muck that had come from the bottom," she says.
County leaders say the buildup of algae in the waterway has gotten especially bad in the past year and a half. To remove it they're going to be dredging and building recharge wells
County Commissioners say in all, the clean-up will cost more than 2 million dollars.
"It's called hydraulic dredging... it'll vacuum up the algae within the lake and the waterway and transport that into a series of tanks that will then ... separate the water from the solids," says Commissioner Ken Doherty.
Commissioner Doherty says the clean-up should start early next year and the contractor has 270 days to finish.
"We believe we can cut that much shorter," he says.
While some taxpayers voiced concerns about what pots of money will pay for the clean-up, they're happy to see something getting done.
"I'm happy that its finally getting done but its sad...that we've let this much muck develop," adds Mulvaney.
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