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Today's Letters: Dredging charges shouldn't be equal

Published November 9, 2007


Re: "Muck-clearing plan grows murky" Nov. 2 article

The city of Tampa should not charge all homeowners living on the banks of canals equally for dredging canals for navigation.

Those living closer to open water should pay less.

Those halfway to downtown on the same canal should pay more, reflecting the increased costs and maintenance to keep canals dug too far inland in the first place from silting back up again.

Nature wants to return canals to wetlands.

If people want to be able to float from their back yard all the way to Timbuktu, then they should pay the true marginal cost of the dredging, plus reimburse the community for lost wetlands.

Bubba Nicholson, Tampa

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