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Dunedin dredging project estimated at $2.4M



Engineers warn that it would be extremely noisy. Logistically tricky. And, at roughly $2.4 million, nearly double what city commissioners expected, expensive.

But Dunedin officials and residents will have to decide in coming months whether dredging Cedar Creek and Lake Sperry is worth potentially 20 years of relief from chronic flooding.

The issue has turned controversial as some residents say the entire city has contributed silt and trash that clog the two bodies of water.

Others say dredging would benefit only a few waterfront homeowners who want the city to foot the bill for a naturally occurring phenomenon so they can go boating.

Either way, a consulting firm the City Commission hired in November to study the problem indicates swift action is needed.

"There are going to be impacts to the system eventually if no maintenance is done out there. It's going to a condition that's going to at some point cause stormwater and drainage problems," Joseph Wagner of Taylor Engineering said of Cedar Creek.

The situation is similar at Lake Sperry, which Wagner said has essentially functioned as a citywide retention pond.

"This is a basin that is getting to the point of limited use," Wagner told commissioners during a recent public workshop. "It is getting to its capacity, where any storm of any event will take material into the basin and take it right back out."

To read more about the firm's recent findings, click here. Watch video and read city documents related to the city's March 12 discussion here.

Taylor Engineering expects to present its final report to the City Commission by late summer, after which the city will give residents a chance to weigh in.


[Last modified: Monday, April 1, 2013 4:44pm]


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