Fort Myers City Council will spend $3,958,000 to clean and remove the toxic lime sludge in the empty lot of the Dunbar Community located on South Street.
“The plan will be finalized prior to completion of the city’s FY19 budget,” city spokeswoman Stephanie Schaffer said in an email.
City leaders made the decision during its council meeting on Tues. Sept. 4, 2018.
The city will use money from its utility fund to pay for the cleanup.
It will take several companies to handle the cleanup, which will start after Southwest Florida's rainy season ends. The SWFL rainy season is usually between months May to October.
For $152,000, Forestry Resources Ecological will take care of the tree removal from the city-owned property.
Corkscrew WTP Lime Sludge Removal and Karle Enviro-Organic Recycling, Inc. will work together to remove the sludge from the plot of land. To make sure all of the sludge is removed, they will have to dig at least 16ft deep. The proposed cost will be within the range of $298,000.
Once the sludge is fully removed, PPM Consultants will handle the transport and the disposal of the toxic sludge. The cost to transport and dispose the lime sludge has not been determined.
During the City Council meeting, HelloSWFL learned that the sludge will be transported out of Florida, all the way to Alabama.