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Sean Roberts

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Like many of you, I live in Manatee County, and it’s been a stressful weekend for us. I’ve heard about 25-foot walls of water, radioactive waste and lots of other terrifying scenarios. As my gf and I drove back from the Tampa airport yesterday, we ran across several Sheriff’s deputies blocking a road we normally take to get home. We drove a little farther up the road to find another route. That road was blocked off. We drove farther and found yet another road block. Finally, we drove all the way to 75 North and took it to the Apollo Beach exit, which was open. It’s been a sketchy several days in our part of the Bay, but seeing the flashing lights at all those intersections made it all seem surreal. If the Piney Point reservoir is breached, it’s a big freaking deal. Authorities assure us that drinking water will not be affected for most of us, but there are other potentially hazardous situations that could emerge. I’ve heard lots of things, but I’ve waded through the minutia to bring you the facts. First, the Piney Point facility has been closed for about 20 years. The plant’s production left residual phosphogypsum is huge amounts. Those waste products were kept in a monstrous retention pond. Since it closed, the old retention area has filled with saltwater, rainwater and concentrations of several minerals that could have a negative impact on the bay if released. Late last week, the story broke that the deserted reservoir was in danger of breaching, releasing 480,000,000 gallons of contaminated gunk into our water. Engineers and other officials sprang into action, trying to figure out a way to drain water from the structure until the danger of flooding was diminished or eliminated. On Saturday, Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for the area, citing an ‘imminent breach possibility’. Law enforcement closed down streets, local prison inmates were evacuated and homewoners were even told to get out of their houses. Things were on the edge of going downhill very quickly. A plan was set into place, where approxiamtely 35,000,000 gallons would be released each day to relieve some of the stress of the water in the reservoir. As of now, there are 340,000,000 gallons of water left to be drained. If there is a full breach, the entire pond could be released within just a few seconds. As of now, authorities say that threat is far less than it was yesterday. The next question? How will this controlled dump affect our beaitiful bay in the future? Will be see increased levels of red tide? Will our seafood industry be impacted? Only time will tell. – Sean Roberts

Sean Roberts was conceived in the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky by two passionate, panel aligning, third shifters who had grown bored with the same ole same ole. Upon birth, he was placed in the trunk of a new Stingray and sent off to find his destiny. That destiny included several stints on radio stations across the United States. Some played punk country gospel, while others focused on Croatian death metal played backwards. After many years and many adventures, Sean wound up on The Shark, where he does shots of tequila while playing the most badass tunes ever created by humankind. He remains humble, however, never forgetting about the lean years...the street corners and dark alleys where he played songs on his car stereo for food and sex. He's on top and he's never gonna stop LIVING THE DREAM!