Fort Lauderdale’s Sewage Situation
Fake News, Knee Jerk Reactions, Past Leadership Failures, and the Facts You Should Know about Fort Lauderdale’s Infrastructure
We are knee-deep in crap! And, no, we aren’t talking about the sewage spill in Rio Vista. We’re referring to the fake news and false information being spread as a result of the sewage break.
Anyone who claims that downtown development is responsible for our damaged and deteriorating sewage system is trying to fool you. They want you to believe that downtown development is the cause and that the solution is a development moratorium. Don’t buy into it! These people want you to place the blame on the progress our city is making when in truth, it’s been a 75-year problem in the making.
It amazes us to read comments in the newspaper by multi-term commissioner Aurelius, and a two-decade Mayor Naugle who claim that the pipes have been old and worn since the 1990s when they were in office, and also claim that it’s the fault of new downtown residential buildings, most of which didn’t even exist before 2014. The fact is, this problem should have been addressed during their tenure.
We can’t turn back the clock but we can move forward in a way that is both smart and effective. In order to do that, we need to keep the facts straight. There’s no reason to panic and make a rash decision that will reverse all of the progress we’ve made in recent years.
Below are the facts that no one is talking about: