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Madeira Beach marina violations cited

The results of an inspection by the health department are described as "typical.''

By AMY WIMMER

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 8, 2000


MADEIRA BEACH -- The county health department has cited several violations at the Municipal Marina.

Ernest Roggelin, an environmental manager with the county, said Madeira Beach's recent inspection report was "typical" of similar privately owned facilities.

"There are some that have more defects; there are others that have no defects," Roggelin said. "This is a typical inspection."

City Manager Mike Bonfield has instructed the city staff to repair the problems. The marina is operated by Fred Pugliese, who leases it from the city.

"It appears there are a number of items that need to be brought into compliance," Bonfield wrote in a memo to Mike Maxemow, the city's director of community services. "As owners of the facility, it is the city's responsibility to maintain the fuel tanks in compliance with state law."

The city, which has discussed updating its marina, at 503 105th Ave., has spent $4,000 to $5,000 on electrical repairs this year and might upgrade boat slips and make other improvements, Bonfield said.

"The approach that I'm trying to take is to make what we have function as well as we can, and at the same time, start working toward some long-range improvements rather than jumping in and making an improvement here and an improvement there."

Among the violations cited in the inspection report:

The city failed to produce records showing that marina employees regularly check monitoring wells, which indicate whether fuel tanks are leaking. Employees should check the wells monthly, Roggelin said.

The city could not verify that its monitoring wells were up to date with state guidelines. Once city officials give the health department a letter from the equipment installer, Roggelin said, this violation will be resolved.

The city has failed to regularly test its line leak detector and has been asked to show the health department that the detector works properly.

The covers of fuel tanks were not painted to indicate whether they held diesel fuel or gasoline.

The health department also found that the marina has not kept records on hand for two years, as required by law. The city must document for the health department that its marina records are being properly maintained.

Roggelin said the city should be able to resolve the violations within two or three months.

"There's nothing on here they can't resolve relatively easy. It may cost them some money, but nothing tremendous."

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