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One year after delay, North Port dedicates water structure

NORTH PORT — Finally, Water Control Structure No. 106 got its due.

But it took nearly a year, as the coronavirus until this week had delayed a ribbon-cutting at the eight-gate weir that controls stormwater in North Port — one of 62 such structures in the city.

Politicians on Thursday thanked contractors and staff, and the city’s Department of Public Works management thanked the politicians for supplying $2.5 million to build the project situated on the Cocoplum Waterway.

Work at No. 106 was completed in May 2020, but delays caused by COVID-19 pushed the official welcoming to Thursday.

“These structures are important,” Vice Mayor Pete Emrich said about the city’s large weir and drainage system. “They keep us safe.”