Dodge City's Water Plan Looks Like Another Financial Disaster

Don't trust Pembroke Pines; don't ever trust Pembroke Pines.

It's run by a private contractor, City Manager Charles F. Dodge, in a secretive and dubious way. The city manager is aptly named -- Charlie dodges close scrutiny while he cozies up to the vendors in the town and makes multimillion-dollar decisions that have left the city all but broke.

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Tied to his hip is Mayor Frank Ortis, a lobbyist by trade who never saw a free dinner he didn't eat.

I can list a lot of reasons why Pembroke is Broward's worst-run city (and that's saying a lot), but let's start with the city center. Pembroke Pines bought a lot of land in 2003 and then sank millions into it with a contract with Stiles Corp. to lay down infrastructure. Altogether, the city has sunk about $70 million into the project (including the land), and now it lays vacant as a veritable wasteland. That hasn't kept the city from spending another million dollars on an ill-conceived September 11 monument for the nonexistent center.

I won't even get into the Raintree Golf Course fiasco (in which Ortis' wife had a previous role), the privatization of the building department with Calvin Giordano. I won't bring up the name Shawn Hiester either.   

Suffice it to say the city is a fiasco. So why would anyone trust DodgeCo to add $115 million to the taxpayers' debt to build a second water treatment plant on the east side? Right now, the city has a contract with the City of Hollywood to do the job. Hollywood is revamping its water plant to comply with new regulations against dumping treated water into the ocean. Pines will have to pay a share of that, though nothing close to the $115 million it's planning to spend on its lone plant. And that's assuming the $115 million figure is accurate -- it had been estimated at higher costs.

On top of that, Hollywood has indicated that it will sue the Pines if it reneges on the contract. That could potentially cost many millions more on top of the whopping price tag.

The city should honor its deal and continue to join forces with Hollywood for the good of both cities and their residents. But DodgeCo doesn't see it that way. It's rushing toward the most expensive option in its characteristically furtive manner. 

Why? What's in it for Dodge? Those are the questions people need to be asking. Even if Dodge is somehow right this time and his plan isn't another boondoggle, all of the options need to be clearly laid on the table for everyone to see. That kind of transparency unfortunately is foreign to Dodge.

The Sun-Sentinel's story on the Pines' plans for water treatment plants (yes, it's plural -- the other one planned for the west is expected to cost $47 million) is worth reading. It is here.

Inside, see a totally unrelated video I happened across of Broward's number-one "Junior" -- Wayne Huizenga Jr., heir to the Huizenga empire -- talking about his coming-to-Jesus moment. It provides an interesting peek into the cloistered world of Huizenga.

If you want to see more, click here, where you'll find a 21-minute video that tells the whole Huizenga story through Wayne Jr.'s eyes.

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Gator
Gator

Deep-well injection in both Broward and Miami-Dade counties discharge treated water into the Lower Floridan Aquifer - not the Biscayne from which we get our drinking water.

SuchCrap
SuchCrap

A coincidence that Beverly Gallagher represented Pembroke Pines?

Tomkatcraig
Tomkatcraig

My God.......Were arguing over drinking shit water....can this be happpening?

guest
guest

Pulp, Also, the annual cost to Pembroke for wastewater service from the Hollywood Regional Treatment Plant is aprox. 5 to 6 million dollars/year.........and rising due to the fiscal mis-management by Hollywood at their utility.........

Pulp
Pulp

Thanks Guest; I'm gathering more information and will post an update in the next couple of days. I had not heard the $180 million figure, though I had heard that Hollywood was threatening to hit Pembroke Pines with charges of $80 to $100 million if it reneges on the contract.

guest
guest

Pulp......Hollywood has generated reports indicating the estimated costs of compliance with state mandates to the tune of nearly 900 million which pines is on the hook for 20% as per it's agreement with hollywood based upon wastewater flow to their regional treatment plant....just ask them for a copy of the report.....good luck though in getting anything out of them as they have a demonstrated skill in stonewalling.......

Just a correction...
Just a correction...

Just a correction. All of the references to "water" treatment plants and treated "water" should actually say "wastewater." This project relates to treating sewage (wastewater) to high levels and then injecting the treated wastewater into the ground.

guest
guest

Pulp....as a follow-up, the estimated cost of upgrades to the Hollywood regional treatment plant to comply with the Lower East Coast Water Supply Plan as dictated by SFWMD and the elimination of the current ocean outfall as dictated by the state is nearly 900 million dollars of which the Pines is into for 20% (180 million). Therefore, it makes much more sense for the City to invest that kind of money into a state of the art treatment facility of it's own while being able to recycle all water used rather than let Hollywood "flush it down their toilet".

APB/BOLO one Redhead
APB/BOLO one Redhead

Ilene Lieberman was not on the dais again today. Seems like she resigned but forgot to send in her resignation letter. WTF. Enough is enough. No matter what her issues is, the county deserves a commissioner who is capable of doing her job and the redhead clearly is NOT>

Anon4life
Anon4life

There is a medical issue here, try to be nice.

Intheknow
Intheknow

Not to worry she is in cahrge of who gets transplants in Broward.

Guest
Guest

What is her medical issue? Anticipatory Claustrophobia or Imminent Indictmentitis. I am giving that one a big- KK NO SALE!

therealyaz
therealyaz

She should resign!!!! Then we will wave nicely bye bye to prison.

DeathFrog3
DeathFrog3

Hubby resigns from Sunrise (Where Alu wanted him to stay) and she is missing meetings.... hmmmm I dont think I need to be a mind reader to see whats comeing down the tracks for these two.

Cowboy Ronnie B
Cowboy Ronnie B

Junior quit your whining and come over to the watering hole for a few shots of JIM BEAM! Hell, I'll even let you take a poke at Miss Allie and ride in my pimp Hummer mobile.

Neversaynever
Neversaynever

First we overbuild. Then we push development into wetlands. Result: have to pump polluted water out to sea and the aquifer is too rapidly depleted because we have to pump too much water to serve the overpopulation. Solution from the water management district? Let's take the polluted water and dump it directly back into our water supply - the Biscayne Aquifer. And who better to pilot this ridiculous project than Pembroke Pines? Sounds like a plan!

herbcaenentertainmentaward
herbcaenentertainmentaward

Enjoyed the video about finding Spirit. It was well done in editing and production. It brought tears to my eyes. I also cry at Publix holiday commercials and no my name does not start with a B.

Pulp
Pulp

Yeah Goldie, no one is happier than the crooks who feed on government that Rick Scott is now governor. He's going to gut regulations and try to privatize everything he can from prisons to schools. It's another kind of redistribution of wealth -- from the taxpayers to the fat cats.

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

And no one knows how to gut the system like the King of Fraud himself. Dean of the Scamsters. I'm surprised he didn't ask Scottie to be his running mate -- maybe Rothstein's current living arrangements interfered. May we please *stop* living in such interesting times (to borrow from the Chinese expression). I am truly scared for the 99% of the restuvus.

OG Anonymous
OG Anonymous

How do we stop that shit hole town from injecting its toliet water directly into our water supply? Seriously.

therealyaz
therealyaz

Interesting editorial in the herald today. I would link it but i barley know how to turn this computer on.

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

Help us all!Newly sworn-in inmate now officially running the asylum.

Guest
Guest

Pulp........much of your story has bad info.....especially that related to hollywood costs....

Pulp
Pulp

I'm getting conflicting numbers on the Hollywood costs per year so I've edited the story. Will update.

Nucky Thompson
Nucky Thompson

I think I will run for office in Pembroke Pines. Seems my sort of place

Gandi
Gandi

Frank Ortiz is the reincarnation of Norm Abramowitz.

Inquiring mind
Inquiring mind

pulp;find out which company is going to do the bond for the water treatment plant. Is John Rodstrom involved?

PlayItAgainSam
PlayItAgainSam

For those who may not know, Tindall Hammock is Austin Forman/Forman Family, who is/was Ferncrest Water Utilities...yes, the contaminated water being sold to Everglades Mobile Home Park residents, Palm Trace Apartments Complex, Davie area businesses in that part of town, and the former Palm Nova Mobile Home Park (all 125 acres) - which the Town of Davie bought 25 acres of the asbestos, cancer pit for a future park and possible water treatment/utility plant @ $25 million.

Yet, Davie officials have to "workshop" debate saving 135+ pristine open space acres for $4.5 million dollars on 1/5/11 @ 5:50pm.

The "Elite Deviance" and "Higher Immorality" of the monied, controlling interests over the elected officials and "managers/administrators" is a perfect example of corrupt business practices, deviant behavior, moral and ethical conditions and "White Collar Crime".

PlayItAgainSam
PlayItAgainSam

Further, as mentioned in the Sun Sentinel story, Tindall Hammock (Austin Forman/Forman Family) is one of those 'Water Districts" given permission by the State of FL to pump treated sewage water into the aquifer. It's all bought and paid for in Tallahassee, Mr. Forman. And, it's documented. People lie, documents, however, DO NOT.

Get the word out, Pulpsters, this behavior including this current issue in Pembroke Pines is a classiccase of "Elite Deviance".

Mr. Dodge, "Dodge City" is not your city. It is the residents', property owners', business owners' city.And, dont you forget it.

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