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Updated: 12/05/2013 08:00:08AM

Tempers boil over project

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By ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH

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BRADENTON — In a brief but heated exchange, Sarasota County Commissioner Nora Patterson told Charlotte County Commissioner Chris Constance there’s no legitimate beef over an estimated $7 million that water users in his county must pay for repairs and upgrades to the Peace River/Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority plant.

“My back is getting a little up,” Patterson, who chairs the water board, told fellow member Constance during Wednesday’s authority meeting in Manatee County. “To say we blindly are following (the authority’s recommendations) is an insult. Give us a little more credit on this end … I have not taken a single action without getting staff to weigh in. I spent an enormous amount of effort learning, and know you do not have a legitimate beef … intelligent people can disagree. Lawyers can get involved. God bless you and go forward (with a lawsuit).”

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