YOU PAID FOR IT: Frogs invading toilets from botched Tampa paving job?

Puddles remain on Davis Islands.
Puddles remain on Davis Islands.

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The tadpoles are gone, but the problem from a faulty paving job You Paid For is not. One Davis Islands homeowner now claims frogs born in chronic street ponds have invaded his bathroom throne.

Tampa taxpayers spent $2 million to repave the streets on Davis Islands, but some of those streets still have puddles that breed tadpoles, mosquitoes and other insects. 8 On Your Side first pointed out the problem Oct. 3, but the puddles remain – even though there’s hardly been a drop of rain in weeks.

“Good news is one of those puddles, we’re able to take care of that with a resurfacing project that’s currently underway,” Tampa Transportation and Stormwater Director Jean Duncan said.

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The other longterm puddle You Paid For It pointed out on Davis Boulevard will require engineering before the city can fix it, Duncan said. Fortunately the city now has a pool of money set aside from Tampa’s new stormwater assessment fee to remedy street ponding citywide. Any property owners with a complaint about street ponding should call (813) 274-3101.

Meanwhile, contractors who are being paid $1.3 million by Tampa taxpayers are repaving the final third of Davis Islands streets. Duncan promises better results than previous projects.

“We have a protocol in place where we’re looking at the drainage before we go out and resurface streets to ensure we are not aggravating or increasing any kind of flooding problems,” Duncan said.

Previous paving jobs have created headaches for residents who insist that rain puddles never dissipate from the streets in front of their homes because the water does not drain it properly into storm sewers. One of those homeowners who’s troubled by puddles is Steve Rosenstock.

“I saw your news report and I thought I was the only one with tadpoles,” Rosenstock said. “It was very revealing.”

Rosenstock revealed to 8 On Your Side that his homeowner troubles go way past the tadpoles that breed in the street in front of his home. Rosenstock claims some of those amphibious critters have actually invaded his house in a very disarming manner.

“With the tadpoles when they do go down in the sewer they come up your pipes and into your house as frogs,” Rosenstock said. “When they become mature frogs you open a toilet seat and there’s a frog clinging onto it. That’s not acceptable,” he said. Yes, he said, that has actually happened.

“I don’t think I can own that one,” Duncan said. Duncan doesn’t think there’s a connection between the frogs in Rosenstock’s toilet and the street pondng in front of his house.

“Really sorry to hear he’s having that issue,” Duncan said. “It’s highly unlikely that the stormwater system or any street ponding would be feeding those frogs into his plumbing system sometimes they come in from rooftops or vents from homes. There’s probably a number of ways they could be getting in.”

Whatever the source of his bathroom-invading frogs, Rosenstock echoes what other Davis Islands homeowners who suffer from street ponding have already told us.

“I don’t think taxpayer money was used correctly or the paving company that was awarded the job really knew what they were doing,” Rosenstock said.

This time around Duncan insists the contractors paid by taxpayers to repave the streets are doing it correctly. Duncan said there are new safeguards in pace to make sure they get it right. “I give you much assurance its going to be a lot better,” Duncan added.

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