Cleaning Up the Stink

Septic tanks are causing a stink in local coastal communities. County officials are working hard to get rid of the remaining tanks in the area.

Taylor County residents of Dekel Beach, Dark Island and Fish Creek are getting a new sewage system. County officials say it's because septic tanks in the area cause bacteria in the Gulf and canals.

Johnny Blue, a Dekel Beach resident, says, "I hate to see our would go into a state of destruction by faulty septic tanks; people disposing of thing that are illegal, so the sewer system is going to be a wonderful thing coming to this area."

Septic tanks will be replaced by pumping stations at each residence and waste water will be pumped to a treatment plant and disposed by spray irrigation miles away from the coast.

Most of the residents in the Taylor County coastal communities say they are anxious for the new sewage system to begin, but there is one major obstacle, funding.

John Gentry, GM of Taylor Coastal Water & Sewer District, says, "It's a two-step process. You first apply for a grant for monies to develop the application. Then, once your application is approved, you get grant monies to hopefully do the new construction."

Phase one of the sewage project is almost complete. It covers homes of Keaton Beach, Ezell Beach and Cedar Island.

Gentry says the county is looking to receive $1.8 million for this next phase.

Taylor Coastal Water and Sewer District officials say they've gotten word from Allen Boyd's office that they are on the list for the funding.