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Storm water concerns

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NW Main businesses are wet, wet, wet

By Carolyn Ten Broeck, Editor

Recent rains have caused concern for business owners along NW Main Street and Tuesday night two of the them appealed to Williston City Council for help.

Janice Fugate, wife of Williston attorney Norm Fugate, told the council that the water flow and subsequent flooding have become much worse since construction began on Heritage Park.

Armed with photographs, Mrs. Fugate said the water is being pushed down NW 3rd Avenue and flooding the area behind the law offices where employees park.

The hard rain last week also caused water to stand around the building, she said. Cookie King, owner of Cookie King Real Estate, located across NW 3rd Avenue from the law firm, concurred.

City Utilities Supervisor C.J. Zimoski told Mrs. Fugate there were only two options: turn the water back into the park or turn it down NW 3rd Avenue. The closest storm drain to the area is on NW 4th, he said, and that area has its own issues.

Zimoski also said the state will not allow berms because it wants rainfall to stay where it lands or flows naturally. "There's no where to divert the water," he said.

Council directed Zimoski and City Manager Scott Lippmann to consult with the Southwest Florida Water Management District and see if they can help or offer suggestions and then report back their findings.