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Bernie McCabe is reviewing final FWC criminal investigative report

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has filed its final investigative report with the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe, who said Thursday he is reviewing the file.

The FWC delivered its report to McCabe on Oct. 20, said agency spokesman Robert Klepper.

Neither agency released a copy of the report Thursday. The FWC said the file was part of an ongoing criminal investigation and not a public record.  

A draft report was obtained by the Tampa Bay Times in July, which blasted the city’s two decades of mismanagement of its sewer system. The seven-page draft report laid most of the blame on Mayor Rick Kriseman’s administration, especially Kriseman’s decision to close the Albert Whitted sewage treatment plant and then not to reopen it after initial spills in 2015.

McCabe decided not to pursue criminal charges in July, but said he would look at any additional evidence provided by the FWC

The draft report has become a flashpoint in the mayoral race between Kriseman and former mayor Rick Baker.

Baker frequently mentions the report as proof of Kriseman’s poor decisions on the city’s sewage woes while the mayor emphasizes that the July report was just a draft. Kriseman also frequently notes the draft blamed 20 years of poor management for the current crisis, a period of time that also covers Baker's 2001-10 tenure.

 

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