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Latvala urges Kriseman to consider temporary barges to hold sewage



State Sen. Jack Latvala is convening a meeting of state lawmakers Tuesday to discuss St. Petersburg's growing sewage crisis.

On Monday, Latvala floated a new idea and asked Mayor Rick Kriseman to include it in his presentation to the panel:  temporary barges and bladders in Bayboro Harbor that could be used to hold at least some of the 100 million gallons or so of  partially-treated sewage that has been dumped into Tampa Bay since August 2015.

Latvala sent Kriseman a letter outlining his plan. 

Manatee County has a similar model, Latvala said. 

If it can't work in St. Pete, Latvala said, Kriseman should explain why. 

"It is something that has been talked about before and discussed," said Kriseman's spokesman Ben Kirby. 

Public Works Administrator Claude Tankersley will talk about using barges and other storage devices at Tuesday's meeting, Kirby said.

[Last modified: Monday, September 19, 2016 1:20pm]


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