Originally published by The News-Press on June 8, 2023 by Amy Bennett Williams

Lawsuits have been flying as the South Florida Water Management District and its fired contractor quarrel over a soured $560-million deal to build the C-43 reservoir.

Yet work continues at the 10,700-acre Hendry County project, district Executive Director Drew Bartlett said at Thursday’s governing board meeting. “We have 20 subcontractors working on site, with 150 employees continuing the construction of the reservoir.”

Next step: Hiring a “best-value contractor to start the placement of the soil cement and then we’ll be completely up and running,” Bartlett said.

The contractor, an international group known variously as C-43 Water Management Builders, Lane Construction and Webuild, “simply couldn’t stay on schedule and would not make the necessary changes to get back on schedule or prevent further delays,” district Communications Director Sean Cooley said in a statement.

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