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October 2017

 

Prepare for 2017 hurricane season 

Unprecedented power outages dominated the headlines after Hurricane Irma. But when it came to recovery and clean up efforts causing further damage to underground facilities, you heard crickets. So Sunshine 811 set about developing an after-the-storm public awareness campaign and a tool kit for you to use now and with future storms. View it here.

 

Only 6 interactive pipeline classes remain! REGISTER TODAY

This year's free pipeline program brings together excavators, utilities and emergency officials for an interactive COoordinated Response Exercise (CoRE-EX) taught by Paradigm Liaison Services. Read more.

Collier County runs 811 radio campaign  

Thank you to Stephen Sarabia, field supervisor with Collier County Public Utilities, for spearheading a public awareness campaign that ran 686 Sunshine 811 radio spots in Collier and Lee Counties. The campaign ran July 17 through Sept. 24 on WJPT-FM, WRSK-FM, WWCN-FM, WXKB-FM. The spots were tagged with “brought to you by Collier County Public Utilities.” Listen to the radio spots here.

FUCC honors Sunshine 811 liaison

Sunshine 811 Damage Prevention Liaison Brian Dean received the 2017 John J. Farkas Liaison Person of the Year Award at the Florida Utilities Coordinating Committee meeting in August. For 30 years, the FUCC has honored those who espouse Farkas's traits of being a bridge builder and firm supporter of the 4Cs (coordination, communication, cooperation and commitment). Hailing from Woodstock, Dean served in the Army Air Defense Division, has worked in the water/wastewater industry for 20-plus years and is a kitchen magician. Congratulations Brian!

NEWS BRIEFS

MASTER, GENERAL CONTRACTORS MUST PASS POSITIVE RESPONSE TO EXCAVATOR
Sunshine 811 recommends that anyone who digs has his or her own ticket. Some master/general contractors list all subcontractors on their tickets. If you list subcontractors on your ticket, you are responsible for communicating the positive response information to them. Failing to do so puts their safety, the facility's integrity and your project at risk.

BOARD APPROVES NEW LOBBYIST
Chris Lyon of Lewis, Longman & Walker, LLC was selected by the Sunshine 811 Board of Directors as its new lobbyist. The firm takes a team approach to lobbying with four lobbyists on staff. LLW has been in Tallahassee and educated legislators on issues plus has experience in the construction industry. 

5-ADDRESS TICKET DEFINITION REFINED
The board approved a revision to the 5-address ticket definition that changed "rather than" to "including." The definition now reads, "One ticket may cover up to five individual addresses for work that is being done on properties including the easement or right of way. The distance from address one to five cannot be more than one mile."

THE 2016 DIRT REPORT IS OUT
See how Florida is doing when it comes to underground facility damages. See the summary of nationwide statistics in the PDF. Then, move over to the interactive report to look at Florida-specific data and change the data factors.    PDF  |  Interactive
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