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Updated: 01/18/2016 03:30:02PM

Contract muddies lake cleanup

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MURDOCK — County commissioners remain split on whether to pay an additional $1.1 million for the Sunshine Lake cleanup, an issue clouded by the dredging contract itself.

At Tuesday’s Charlotte County Commission workshop, the contract came under attack as commissioners try decide what to do with the contractor’s request for more money and time to remove blue-green algae that is choking the lake and the waterway. Adding urgency to the discussion is that the timetable for the $2.5 million project already has been extended, allowing the living algae to continue to grow.

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