For more than a decade, the city of Clearwater has been trying to get the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge polluted, muck-filled Stevenson Creek in north Clearwater. Today, only a small portion of the creek has been dredged, even though U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young has twice secured federal funding for the project. There is no federal money left, thanks to a payout the corps reached after firing a dredging company, which then filed a wrongful termination claim. Another dredging company also was fired. Now, the city of Clearwater is left responsible for project costs. Here are some of the comments readers posted after reading the Times' story on tampabay.com.
"Seventeen years and millions of taxpayer dollars wasted on a creek dredging project? Well at least we still have the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir. I'd say thirsty regional residents are up that creek in a gold-plated canoe without either paddle. Apathetic and/or uninformed voters deserve this man."
"My company did nothing wrong. You sign off on a settlement not necessarily because they're right, but because you can't afford to fight the federal government anymore," said SEEK's president Fred Streb. "I feel bad for the residents of Clearwater. This has cost them millions, and they've got nothing to show for it."
We know who got nothing. Who got the millions?"
"Look, folks, every idiot project of this magnitude ends up with consultants, eco-nazi engineering firms and contractors pocketing a lot of money and 3 guys with shovels get minimum wage while the professional mafia rakes it in."
"So, Clearwater residents polluted this thing in the name of green lawns year round, and Young wants the feds to clean it up. Bill is asking for money for a very small group of people who live near the creek. Meanwhile, his buddies in Tallahassee are turning down federal Medicaid money that affects millions. Some of those affected live in Young's district - I guarantee a lot more than the number affected by this creek. Seems to me Bill Young ought to be making calls to (state House Speaker Will Weatherford) on the Medicaid issue instead of using his time on the creek issue."
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