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Week in review

By Times staff
© St. Petersburg Times
published June 2, 2002

ANOTHER BACKYARD CRASH IN CARROLLWOOD -- A 17-year-old driving a Honda Accord shattered Viki Juzwiak's fence Thursday morning. The wooden fence was still cracked from a car that careened off Anderson Road into her neighbor's yard in March.

Thursday's accident was the second in eight days on Shadybrook Drive. A Toyota slammed into Iris DeCastro's pool on May 22. That, too, was a repeat affair. Last May, a car plunged off Anderson and into Castro's lanai, causing $31,000 in damage.

"I'm so paranoid that I'm moving out of my house," said Deborah Monteiro, 32. "I refuse to stay here." She is set to leave in September.

Michael Dunlap, a Sickles High student, was driving his mother's Honda when he crashed Thursday. He was on the way to pick up his car from the repair shop. Michael suffered minor injuries.

Hillsborough sheriff's records show five accidents have occurred on Shadybrook the past 21 months, and some residents say that figure is low.

Shadybrook borders a curve in Anderson Road. The crashes happen when cars traveling at excessive speeds on the 45 mph stretch of Anderson fail to negotiate the curve. Often they plunge through the fence and onto residents' lawns and patios.

In March, Monteiro asked County Commissioner Stacey Easterling for a concrete retaining wall on Anderson. She received a reply from the county's public works department that read, in part: "This is a properly designed road with an enforcement problem."

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CITY MIGHT SELL RECLAIMED WATER TO PASCO: For years reclaimed water has gone to waste in Hillsborough Bay because Tampa has no way to distribute it, City Council Chairman Charlie Miranda said. With construction of reclaimed water lines under way in South Tampa, the city is looking to raise $47.5-million to extend a line to New Tampa.

Enter Pasco County. In return for 10-million gallons of reclaimed water per day, Pasco is willing to pay $10-million to help fund the line through New Tampa, city officials said.

Miranda said he approached Hillsborough County first about buying the water, but city and county officials were unable to agree on a fair price.

Another factor was the county's hesitation to fund a line without guaranteed delivery of the water. "We wouldn't give money to lay a line and years later find out that (the city) is going to use the water elsewhere," County Commission chairwoman Pat Frank said.

Hillsborough County desperately needs the reclaimed water Tampa can supply to avoid shortages in the coming years, Frank said. But "it seems (Tampa's) moving in another direction entirely," she said. "For whatever reason, I think they're much more eager to go up in Pasco County. I don't understand it."

Pasco's appeal has much to do with its willingness to comply with the city's terms. Pasco is willing to "meter the reclaimed water, price it in a like manner and they will go back and meter about 4,200 accounts they already have on reclaimed water," Miranda said.

A tentative deadline of August has been set to arrange the deal, said Doug Bramlett, assistant county administrator for Pasco.

No one living within city boundaries currently receives reclaimed water. But that will change in a few years now that more than $24-million in city and federal funds have been allocated to construct a water line for South Tampa.

The Southwest Florida Water Management District is expected to kick in about $22-million for the New Tampa project.

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