Back on November 14 2011 the Sarasota Herald Tribune wrote, As the costs of an environmental cleanup at Ed Smith Stadium reach $1 million, the Baltimore Orioles are saying the city of Sarasota needs to pitch in more money. The Orioles last week requested $420,000 to improve poor drainage at its spring training practice fields, a problem the team blames on an old city dump buried beneath the facility. City Manager Bob Bartolotta says the Orioles are "trying to make a convoluted argument" to get the city to pay for field upgrades that should have come from a $24 million stadium renovation funded by taxpayers. Money for the renovations came mostly from hotel tax revenue, but the deal also requires the city to pay for environmental cleanup of the dump site. The city contributed $1 million, money that came from state funds earmarked for the stadium. Last December, the city and county signed off on a $975,000 cleanup plan — more than $500,000 of it to drain an underground plume of water polluted with vinyl chloride, a compound used to manufacture plastic. For two decades, the city has monitored the groundwater, which also has high levels of iron, manganese and sodium. The Sarasota City landfill on 12th Street was closed in the late 60's.
Landfill gas is composed of a mixture of different gases mostly dangerous Methane. The Sarasota City landfill on 12th Street was closed in the late 60's. By volume, landfill gas is composed of about 50% carbon dioxide and 50% methane. Landfill gas also contains a smaller percentage of nitrogen, oxygen, ammoriia, sulfides, hydrogen, carbon monoxide, and nonmethane organic compounds (NMOCs), such as trichloroethylene, benzene, and vinyl chloride. Landfill gas is produced by three processes -bacterial decomposition, volatilization, and chemical reactions. The rate and volume of landfill gas produced at a specific site depend on the composition and age of the refuse, and the presence of oxygen in the landfill, moisture content, and temperature. Landfill gas expands to fill whatever space is available. Once gas is produced in a landfill, thegas begins to move, or "migrate." The movement of landfill gas creates health and safety concerns when the gas enters buildings and other confined areas such as utility corridors. Methane is the constituent of landfill gas that is likely to pose the greatest explosion hazard. Since methane is lighter than air, methane has a natural tendency to move upward, and eventually out of the landfill surface.
LANDFILLS CLOSED DURING 1960S CREATE HAZARDOUS, TOXIC LEGACY. Cancer-causing vinyl chloride seeped into one of Fort Lauderdale's two public wellfields and poisoned the wells that seven nearby families used to draw their drinking water. -- Beneath the massive Silver Lakes development in western Pembroke Pines, where welcome signs beckon buyers to live "At Home with Nature," tests conducted this year showed levels of lead in the groundwater that violated drinking water standards. The Sarasota City landfill on 12th Street was closed in the late 60's.
The Orioles’ estimated economic impact in the county is $97 million. “You don’t want your county beginning to breach contractual obligations on major repairs. This isn’t more lighting or more fancy flags along the rim. Part of the building is sinking,” Commissioner Al Maio said, adding he is sympathetic to the plight of local business owners. Before the commission rendered its decision, business owners begged the board to find another way to fund the repairs. A teary-eyed Paul Parr, operator of 12 vacation rentals on Siesta Key, told commissioners he rented only two units during the month of September, adding that his business is on the brink of collapse because it was hit so hard by red tide. “My situation is desperate. I’m about to go out of business,” Parr said, stressing the importance of area promotions. “I’m about to lose my investment.
County Commissioner Charles Hines, who chairs the council, explained that the MMA resin flooring in Ed Smith stadium was defective. He and his colleagues felt the county needed to go ahead and replace it in December 2017 and January 2018, he added, even though the county has continued to seek a resolution of the issue with the construction manager Gilbane that handled stadium renovations for the Orioles, they sued Gilbane in November 2016.
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