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Updated: 06/13/2014 08:00:04AM

Punta Gorda water plant gains momentum

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PUNTA GORDA — After experiencing a temporary setback with regional water officials in their request for funding for a reverse-osmosis water-treatment plant, city officials are feeling wind in their sails again.

Earlier this month, Gov. Rick Scott approved a budget that includes $900,000 in state appropriations for the proposed $28 million plant. This week, the Charlotte County Commission unanimously approved a letter of support for the city’s project, and agreed to open dialogue with the Peace River/Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority on construction of a pipeline connecting the authority’s regional transmission main in DeSoto County to the city’s Shell Creek water-treatment plant.

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