St. Petersburg alleges sewer lines filled with concrete

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Sep 25, 2018

CLEARWATER — The city of St. Petersburg is suing a construction company, alleging breach of duty and negligence in causing sewer lines to be filled with concrete.

The city of St. Petersburg filed a complaint Sept. 14 in Pinellas County Circuit Court against L.R.E. Ground Services Inc., alleging the defendant failed to to avoid damaging the city's sewer line.

According to the complaint, on Jan. 13, 2015, a St. Petersburg's crew excavated a site and found the sewer line was filled with concrete. Upon investigation, the suit says, the main line was found to be filled with concrete that had originated in an abandoned lateral and flowed into the main line. 

As a result, the city says it has expended significant amounts of money and time to repair and replace the sewer lines at Hollywood Mobile Home Park. 

The plaintiff alleges L.R.E. Ground Services poured concrete at Hollywood Mobile Home Park in such a careless and negligent manner that it caused the concrete to flow into the city’s sewer lines, requiring that the sewer lines be dug up and replaced.

St. Petersburg seeks trial by jury, damages in excess of $15,000, exclusive of costs and interest. The city is represented by assistant city attorney Kenneth W. MacCollom.

Pinellas County Circuit Court case number 18C6040

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