Wednesday, August 3, 2016

"A lake with protruding wastes"

If the revised Comprehensive Plan is approved, the future of Sarasota County planning will be guided by corrupted language

Meanwhile, Sarasota County Commissioners recently approved two new residential developments adjacent to a former landfill, bowing to these wannabe public officials:

Candidate Carlos Beruff, whose Medallion Homes is building dream homes adjacent to the Foxfire landfill:

- thanks to the slick razzamatazz of Mike Moran, who's running for County Commission, backed by Carlos Beruff:

And School Board electee Eric Robinson (unopposed), who manages Beruff's campaign for US Senate:

Here's something these aspiring public officials don't want you to know: Building at the edge of landfills is maybe not brilliant. It "can be explosive" - 

. . . building on top of decades' worth of garbage requires developers to install vapor capture systems that prevent methane emission as well as infrastructure to keep liquid in garbage from leaking into the groundwater.
The alternative, removing garbage before building, comes with its own health and safety complications.
On occasion, decomposing garbage can settle, causing structures to slip and foundations to crack, even when pilings are drilled down. 
 . . .
Some poorly developed projects have come back to haunt residents and builders, however. 
In 1996, five years after Hampshire Homes was built on a former landfill in Broward County, sinkholes opened in a common back yard behind the homes. 
Old tires and other garbage emerged from the ground, and the lush area was transformed into "a lake with protruding wastes," according to a 2002 DEP study. 
In 1985, developers built 13 apartment buildings on the former Gunn Highway Landfill in Tampa after the dump ceased operations in the early 1960s. 
When officials conducted an environmental assessment of those Banyan Club Apartments in the early 1990s, they found the ground under the buildings had methane readings of nearly 100 percent.
Although methane was not detected in the apartments, the soil levels were dangerous, since as little as 5 percent can be explosive.  Tampa Bay Times.

Methane landfill explosion

Update: Further information about building on landfills can be found here and here. Key: there is "no predictive model for waste settlement."

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