County Commissioner Bob Solari has blanketed the county with political post cards claiming Spoonbill Marsh, a wastewater treatment facility adjacent to the Indian River Lagoon, is helping to save the fragile estuary. Not everyone agrees with Solari that Spoonbill Marsh is doing its job.
Just today, Dennis Sayre, Acting Section Chief of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Atlanta permitting and enforcement branch, wrote an email to Indian River County resident, Barry Shapiro, informing him the EPA is opening an investigation into complaints and concerns recently raise about the prospect brine-contaminated water is flowing into the Indian River Lagoon and onto adjacent properties, including an environmentally sensitive tract of land owned by the Indian River Land Trust.
“Please send any corroborating evidence that you have have to me either by email or through the mail at the address below. Specifically, DMR’s from January 2015 to June 2016, pictures of any flow going into the Indian River Lagoon from Spoonbill Marsh, a copy of the FDEP permit, and anything else that may aid in our investigation,” Sayre wrote.
Shapiro made his complaint in a email sent to EPA officials, as well as to other federal, state and local officials. Sharpio’s email included the following,
“There is a scandal being perpetrated that no one is willing to talk about. This information is confirmed by leading scientists and environmentalists and yet the local media has not only not been made aware of the situation but in some cases where the have been tipped off they are burying the story until after the election. Most of our local media have endorsed both incumbents Bob Solari and Tim Zorc to return to the County Commission despite their false and misleading statements about just what the county is doing. I believe they are suppressing this story because they don’t want to look like schmucks just a couple of weeks after endorsing people who may possibly be committing criminal acts.”
Editor’s note: No one at the Land Trust is willing to talk about how Spoonbill Marsh may be impacting adjacent properties. A week has past since InsideVero made a public records request of the County asking for documentation of meeting and copies of written correspondence between County Commissioners, County Staff and representatives of the Land Trust. The County Attorney’s Office may be able to stall a local news website, but they will have a hard time ignoring or delaying on public records request from the EPA.