Irma debris halfway picked up

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According to Public Works Director Juan Florensa, about half of the 10,000 – 12,000 cubic yards of debris generated by Hurricane Irma has been removed by contractors on Longboat Key.

Town Manager Dave Bullock said that by end of day last Thursday, 5,126 cubic yards of debris have been removed from the roadsides. For reference, a big roll off dumpster is about 20-30 cubic yards.

Florensa said the company CERES is removing the debris on Bay Isles and Islandside roadways. Abritz is the contractor in charge of removing the debris from the Village, side streets and Country Club Shores. The Florida Department of Transportation is responsible for removing debris from Gulf of Mexico Drive.

Florensa said the town will be reimbursed 75 percent of the cost to remove the debris from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He said the State of Florida will reimburse 12.5 percent and the town will pay the remaining 12.5 percent. He estimates the total cost to remove the debris will be between $200,000 and $500,000.

Because of the amount of debris and the sheer cost, a separate contractor monitors, inspects and validates every load of debris and photographs every truck. Florensa said that he cautions residents or contractors from trying to take advantage of the debris removal by putting tree trimmings and branches from subsequent landscaping in the piles. He said that property owners need to make sure that their private contractors remove anything other than debris directly caused by Irma.

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