No Charges in St. Pete Sewage Spills

ST. PETERSBURG (970 WFLA) -- Pinellas prosecutors have wrapped up their investigation into last year's sewage spills and discharges in St. Petersburg. State attorney Bernie McCabe says no charges will be filed. 

The state Fish and Wildlife Commission says it found nearly 90 felonies committed by the city. But McCabe says the report didn't identify any individuals, making prosecution a waste of time. 

St Pete Councilman Charlie Gerdes believes city staff didn't mean to break the law. He says people made mistakes based on information that turned out to be faulty. Millions of gallons of partially treated wastewater spilled into Tampa Bay and the Gulf during heavy rain events, including Hurricane Hermine.

The issue has percolated into the mayor's race, as former mayor Rick Baker has used the sewage spills to attack the competence of current mayor Rick Kriseman, who's running for re-election. 

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