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Sewage protests nothing new in St. Pete

Women protest sewage problems in the 1950s

Submitted by Eileen Stafford

Women protest sewage problems in the 1950s



Sewage in Tampa and Boca Ciega bay. Sewage in West St. Pete. Hurricane Hermine's heavy rains engorged the flow through leaky pipes that more than 40 manholes overflowed raw sewage all over town.

Weeks after Hermine, the smell still lingers. And the political stink keeps on growing.

Eileen Stafford, who lives downtown and has been a Burger her whole life, wants to give a little perspective. Her mother, Donna Henzler Hoyt (far right in the photo), was an early activist against sewage overflows.

The picture dates from sometime in the 1950s when sewage often flowed through drainage ditches in the city, Stafford said.

"We were raised to say something when we say something," Stafford said. "We were an outspoken family."

Donna Henzler Hoyt died at age 76 in 2002. Stafford said the city's current sewage woes reminded her of her mom's advocacy and passion. 

"It's a way to pay homage," Stafford said of the photo, which appears to be from the St. Petersburg Times. 


[Last modified: Monday, September 19, 2016 10:59am]


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