Flipping & Flopping
The Southern Shores canal dredging project has gotten so out-of-hand, for so many reasons, that it seems cruel to give updates on it. With 14 days left and approximately 2% of the planned dredging done, the project has flip flopped again.
A week ago, citing problems with "turbidity" (clarity of discharged water from dredge spoils), the project manager for the town, advised EOD that the contractor was moving its operations away from the main channel and back into the residential canals, with hopes of clearing up the problem. The dredge was moved inside the canals.
Yesterday, the dredge was back at the main channel entrance. An unidentified source, with the contractor, told EOD that pressure from the Southern Shores Boat Club weighed in on the decision to change plans.
In addition, the source said a new "system" was being put in (into the hydrocyclone, we assume) with hopes of clearing up the discharge water.
Interestingly, the source said that CAMA's guideline/rules for water clarity were the most strict he had ever encountered.
Is the Town of Southern Shores about to blow $1.7 million on an un-doable project? Will CAMA grant an extension beyond midnight February 14th?
Will this nightmare end before the spring thaw?