State Undecided on Penalty for Longboat Key 17 Million Gallon Sewage Spill

Congressman Vern Buchanan sent out several tweets yesterday to update the area on the Longboat Key Sewer Spill, that occurred in June.

As a review.... The town of Longboat Key's - only force main sewer line, which runs underneath Sarasota Bay to one of Manatee County’s wastewater treatment facilities on the mainland, broke around June 17th. However, the Town did not detect that break, until June 29th. The cause and extent of the break have remained unreported by Longboat Key officials, to this date.

This is what the Congressman Tweeted yesterday:

Rep. Vern Buchanan


Just got off the phone with Florida’s secretary of Environmental Protection about his investigation of the sewage leak into Sarasota Bay. Secretary Noah Valenstein estimates the leak at 17 million gallons, not 26 million as originally reported.

No decision yet on whether the state will take action against Longboat Key for a delay in reporting the incident.

Back on July 3rd... The Congressman "Tweeted"...

Just inspected Sarasota Bay with a congressional aide after reports of a massive sewage leak. The bay is one of only 28 ecosystems in the entire country formally designated by Congress as an estuary of “national significance.” We have to do a better job protecting it!