Joyner: Damaged phone line not county responsibility

Published: Friday, March 22, 2013 at 11:26 AM.

"We have a lot more venues of communication today, the phone companies are online," Joyner said."If they can let you know about it on Facebook, then they can contact the phone company."

According to sunshine811.com, failure to call the Sunshine State One-Call of Florida before digging is punishable by a minimum fine of $250 and the job site being shut down. Members of Sunshine State One-Call include the City of Chipley, but not Washington County.

Enforcement of the fine is performed by local, not state officials, according to a spokesperson for sunshine811.com, so the likelihood of the county fining itself is slim. However, on the website, there is a form for non-compliance that can be filled out and submitted to the state in the case where utilities are damaged.

However, sunshine811.com states that One-Call of Florida  "has no statutory authority to investigate reported incidents of non-compliance, to mediate disputes between excavators and members, to determine if violations of Chapter 556, F.S. have occurred, or to issue citations for violations of Chapter 556, F.S. The main purpose of the process is to provide education."



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