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Deputies: Drunk man shot hole in Dunedin water tower

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The leak can be seen from the ground. The leak can be seen from the ground.
Photo courtesy PCSO. Photo courtesy PCSO.

Water has been draining out from the hole caused by the round, and the city of Dunedin is working to get the damage repaired.

"This ranks right up there with one of the more stupid things I've seen," said Dunedin City Engineer Tom Burke. "What was he thinking?"

Fitzgerald claimed he was looking for his lost dog, according to investigators. He was arrested for discharging a firearm and using a firearm while under the influence.

"I tell you, people are nuts anymore, and he lives on this street?" said nearby resident Marsha Weaver.

She didn't know Fitzgerald, but other neighbors who did were shocked. They say he does a lot of handy work for his friends.

"He's the type of person that would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it," said neighbor Joe Harris.

Yet, this is one fix it job Fitzgerald won't be doing. Instead, the City of Dunedin will have to foot the hefty bill.

"The early estimates range from $100,00 to $200,000," Burke explained.

The damage won't really affect residents in Dunedin, but it will have a huge impact on the golf course.

"They're prepared to live without irrigating the main parts of the golf course, but there's a pretty serious concern for being able to maintain the condition of the green," Burke said.

In the meantime, there is an unwanted water fountain of sorts in the City of Dunedin.

"It's too far out, it's just ridiculous," said Martha.

"It's certainly a waste of utility money," Burke added.

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