Friday, July 1, 2011

Ware's Creek brimming with silt, surprises

This Ware’s Creek dredging project just keeps getting better and better, doesn’t it?

Governments have risen and fallen, civilizations have arrived and vanished and wars have been fought and lost in the time it’s taken to close this deal and start digging.

It was going to start in June.

Now it’s August.

Or September.

Then there are some minor details that have come to light of late.

Like finding out that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will only be dredging 37,000 cubic yards of mud, silt and who knows whatever else that has clogged Ware’s Creek for years and years.

It’s not remotely close to what Manatee County government officials had anticipated.

Try 200,000 cubic yards.

That’s a difference of almost 160,000 cubic yards of slop.

You know the old expression: Close enough for government work?

Don’t think that’s going to fly here.

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  1. Over 30 years ago My Dad and Mom bought a house on Wares Creek. A guy showed up in their back yard shortly thereafter and told them that soon they could bring a boat right up to their backyard. The creek was going to dredged. Dad commented at the time that he wouldn't live to see it happen. Dad has been gone now for almost three years. Some things never change. Mike Yeager