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State sues Florida marina over wastewater treatment

Florida environmental officials are suing a Monroe County marina and seeking tens of thousands of dollars in fines over permitting and paperwork issues related to a wastewater treatment facility.

Cross Key Marina, a 20-slip private marina on the northern tip of mainland Monroe County in Manatee Bay, has failed to legally operate its 5,000-gallon wastewater treatment facility since Sept. 10, 2008, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's lawsuit, Keysnews.com reported.

The marina failed to hire someone to operate the facility since Jan. 11, 2011; conduct health and safety samplings of treated wastewater; submit quarterly reports to the DEP; and pay $2,000 in fines due by July, according to the lawsuit.

The DEP wants a judge to fine the marina $10,000 for each day it was not in compliance — the maximum penalty, according to the lawsuit.

Former marina owner Doug Hurst said he had been “going back and forth” with the DEP for years over the wastewater treatment facility, which he said was installed in the late 1970s.

Hurst said he lost the marina in a November foreclosure, meaning the new owner is the bank, Evans Financial Services. Monroe County Clerk of Court records indicate that the bank became the owner on Nov. 21.

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