Leftover hurricane ice will be used for plants

Published: Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

TAMARAC — City officials planned on Friday to use about 40,000 pounds of ice left over from hurricane relief efforts to water plants, bushes and grass on a 1.7-acre patch of land.

Officials had initially wanted to give the ice to residents to water their lawns, but the plan was scrapped after it was deemed to be too costly for sheriff's deputies to manage the expected crowds.

The ice is costing the state $90,000 a month to chill and is being stored in Bartow and Jacksonville.

Tamarac officials asked for the ice after the Florida Division of Emergency Management announced this month it wanted to get rid of it because it wouldn't last until this year's hurricane season, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

The city's truckload will cost the state $850 for gas and other expenses, said state emergency management spokesman Mike Stone.

"We have no problems with the usage," Stone said. "We made the offer to the local governments to do it and they are free to do with the ice as they feel meets their local needs.

"It is the ultimate recycling project," Stone added.

The state has trucked ice to seven places so far, including a fire department near Orlando, a Hispanic festival in Miami and a Catholic school in Hollywood.

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