Kurt Zuelch, what hat is he wearing when he’s speaking?
Everyone knows that Mr. Zuelch, the former state attorney, is the executive director of the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority and when he speaks it is in his official capacity as that. However, if Mr. Zuelch is being queried about the Cudjoe Regional Wastewater System, Mr. Zuelch has no official position other then the head of a construction company. In the context of the wasterwater system, the FKAA does not exist.
The entity known as the FKAA was created as a general contractor the instant its signature was placed on the contract documents. The Aqueduct is then totally governed by contract documents. They can do nothing without the approval of their overseers, the Monroe County Commission.
As a retired senior contracts field representative for the FKAA, my premiere responsibility was to enforce the contract to the letter. If a contractor wanted to deviate from the contract, it would have to present its request to me for consideration. If the request was within my area of consideration I could either approve and document or send the request up the line.
Mr. Zuelch is being paid to toe the owners’ line, period. Whatever contractor Zuelch has to say regarding the wastewater system is meaningless. In this instance Mr. Zuelch is not the FKAA but just another contractor. Since when is a general contractor for the County Commission its spokesman? Perhaps the media is so impressed with Zuelch’s position with the FKAA that they’ve forgotten that in regard to the wastewater system. Perhaps the media might consider Who’s pulling Mr. Zuelch’s strings.
Eugene E. Nanay Jr., Big Pine Key, Big Pine Key