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TALLAHASSEE -- As mountains of garbage piles up from Hurricane Irma, counties across Florida say that companies they hired to remove debris won’t show up because they can make a lot more money doing the work in South Florida.
Officials in six counties -- Alachua, Hendry, Indian River, Manatee, Orange and Sarasota -- all complained to the state Thursday about problems with companies that refuse to haul debris.
“We‘ve also been told that our contracted rate of $5.50 a cubic yard is not going to cut it with the subs (subcontractors),” Hendry County Administrator Charles Chapman said, “and we may be looking at a price, or a change order, being presented to us for as much as $8 a cubic yard. It would be nice if we had cash to play, but we don’t.”