Questions, maybe answers, on Americus Ditch

Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 11:09 AM.

St. Joe Beach property owner Bill Koran came to the Board of County Commissioners Tuesday with more questions and information about the Americus Ditch project.

Commissioner Joanna Bryan said answers may be coming soon.

The ditch, which according to records from the Clerk of Courts, has cost county taxpayers over $1.2 million to date, including more than 130 repair jobs, including a recent filling in of dirt around an above-ground break in the pipe continues to be a problem, Koran said.

The line, in some sections, is 20-24 inches out of grade, Koran said.

Over prior meetings commissioners have said a job bid out six years ago and finished more than five years ago was in the past and of little interest to them, but Koran and Bryan have pushed back saying the ditch continues to be an issue.

“There are 40 or 50 homes out there that are affected by that ditch,” Koran said. “So it is in the future. We could have had some homes washed out if that storm (Tropical Storm Karen) had come this way last week.”

Koran said commissioners had just raised taxes by more than $1 million and he had been personally attacked at meetings by members of the audience while trying to bring pressing county business to the BOCC.

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