Looks like "blubblin' crude," but it's actually sewage flowing from a broken 42-inch pipe in Fort Lauderdale recently. That's the mayor.
Mayor Crapper McCrappie Blames Boaters for Lauderdale’s Dismal Water Quality
By PETER SWANSON
Despite seven massive residential sewage leaks in seven weeks, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis was recently caught on video saying the city’s real water quality problem was from “liveaboards or lazy people.”
The most recent spill happened Thursday when a fecal stew began spewing into the Middle River from a ruptured 42-inch pipe. It took crews nearly four days to staunch the flow. The city issued advisories warning of the danger of contract with toxic waters. “People who swim, fish, jet-ski, paddle board, kayak and canoe in the affected waterways risk infection, including contracting Hepatitis A and parasites,” the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.
Not counting the latest break, an estimated 126 million gallons of sewage was pumped into the Intracoastal Waterway through pipes that engineers say should have been replaced 20 years ago. Misguided though he may be, Trentalis is not the only politician responsible.
Even though former mayor Jack Seiler was a regular booster of the city’s claim to being the “Yachting Capital of the World,” always speechifying at the annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show breakfast, he did little or nothing to fix the sewage system during his eight years in office either.
Meanwhile, development was encouraged, and the city’s population grew by 30,000 people since 2000. That may well be a number bigger than all the liveaboards on the East Coast and Caribbean.
Watch below, at about minute 3:30, as Trantalis makes the astounding claim that the sewer breaks merely exacerbated the real problem, which is boaters. He says:
“We’ve had chronic conditions within our waterways. And there are multiple sources. It could be fertilizer runoff; it could be pet waste, but more importantly it’s the boaters—the boaters that dump into the water, whether they’re liveaboards or lazy people who come in from a day’s tour. Instead of using the discharge stations that we have, they just discharge in the water. And we have to much aggressive at monitoring the situation.”