Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Settlement closer in dredging lawsuit

BROOKSVILLE — After a mediation session last week, county officials are considering a settlement of the complicated lawsuit over the first attempt to dredge the Hernando Beach Channel.

County commissioners met behind closed doors after Tuesday's workshop to discuss legal strategy in the lawsuit, originally filed against the county by Orion Dredging Services LLC two years ago.

When the meeting concluded and commissioners reassembled in the commission chambers, Commissioner Dave Russell announced that the commission had come to a consensus to request that the staff draw up a mediated settlement agreement "which will maximize Hernando's collection while reducing our loss and risk.''

Officials could say no more about the terms of the agreement until it comes to the board for consideration at an upcoming meeting.

Orion sued the county, saying that a "defective project design'' by Halcrow Inc., the county's consulting engineer on the dredge, was the reason Orion was unable to complete the dredging job.

"The defective design caused Orion to be delayed on the project resulting in damages, including but not limited to, significant time impacts and cost increases,'' according to the original six-page complaint.

Orion said that it tried to finish the dredge and that the county's decision to terminate its contract wronged and damaged the firm.

In the time since the suit was filed, the county countersued. Also, other entities — including the de-watering subcontractor hired by Orion, Harvey Taddeo Inc.; bonding companies for both the contractor and subcontractor, and Halcrow — all became a part of the complicated action.

While the dredging has been completed for months after a second contractor, BCPeabody, was hired by the county, the project still has not been closed out. Issues with over-dredging and sea grass destruction remain that the county must settle with the Army Corps of Engineers.

In addition, residents in the Hernando Beach area are still grappling with insurance issues over damage they blame on the dredging project.

Still, a settlement in the Orion lawsuit could bring to a close another chapter in the troubled public works project, which took 20-plus years and more than $15 million to complete.

Barbara Behrendt can be reached at behrendt@tampabay.com or (352) 848-1434.

Settlement closer in dredging lawsuit 10/31/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 8:29pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn proposes $974 million budget for 2018

    Local Government

    TAMPA — Mayor Bob Buckhorn today proposed a $974.2 million budget for next year that would raise the city's property tax rate for the first time since 1989 and use the additional revenue to improve parks, expand fire service and prepare for looming financial challenges in the years ahead.

    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn presented his proposed $974.2 million budget for 2018 to the City Council on Thursday. RICHARD DANIELSON | Times (2016)
  2. A second chance at life, away from the game he loved

    The Heater

    Dylan Delso, a catcher for the Tampa Bay Rays' Gulf Coast League team, displays his scar at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla., on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. On June 25, 2016 Delso fell backward down a flight of stairs, suffering a nearly fatal head injury that put him in a coma for eight days. He's finally back on the baseball field after a miraculous recovery.
  3. Florida house where O.J. Simpson lived listed for $1.3 million

    Crime

    MIAMI — What happened to the Florida home where O.J. Simpson lived with his children after his acquittal in the death of his ex-wife and her friend?

    O.J. Simpson explains his golf scoring to his daughter, Sydney, as he played golf on Key Biscayne in Miami in 1997. The house south of Miami where Simpson lived with Sydney and his son, Justin, until his 2008 conviction in an armed robbery involving two sports memorabilia dealers in Las Vegas, is on the market. [AP photo]
  4. Behind the lens: To capture an exhilarating moment, it's better to be lucky AND good

    Travel

    Editor's note: Boyzell Hosey, our Assistant Managing Editor - Photography/Multimedia, shot this image while on a family vacation in Alaska. Below is his description of the shot.

  5. Council candidate James Scott sees a green future for St. Petersburg

    Local Government

    Times Staff Writer

    ST. PETERSBURG — James Scott's central tenet is sustainability.

    St. Petersburg City Council District 6 candidate James Scott. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT   |   TIMES]