Tuesday, January 22, 2019

“I swear! We got the plan that will work this time. You just need to trust us!”

Back in 2007 was one of the worst droughts in modern South Florida history (see images below). But for some people their only concern is when it rains too much. . .

“Send It [water from Lake
Okeechobee] South!”

and the latest mantra. . .

“Lower Lake O!”

But there is a big problem with ‘Lower Lake O!’ as you’ll learn about below.

Fingers are crossed a brand new reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee will be constructed for just about $1.4B. Plus or minus a few hundred million dollars. Sounds like a bargain, right? Especially when the dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee is in such need of repair.

And guess all those other millions and billions of dollars that was spent in the past just proves this latest $700M from the Feds and another $700M from the State of Florida is the right way to go? Sounds like a great plan. Until you consider what happened just about twelve years ago.

And the beat goes on. . .

Newspaper clipping from May 2007.

Click on image to enlarge:

How much progress has been made in the last twelve years getting Martin County off septic and hooked up to municipal sewer?

Another plan by the experts. . .

And all the while the experts knew the Herbert Hoover Dike was a great risk of being breached and flooding Palm Beach County. But instead, the experts are thrilled with a new ‘shiny object’.

A brand new reservoir. And it will
only cost about $1.4B.