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Coral Springs restaurants file lawsuit alleging negligence during May gas outage

By Kevin Deutsch

A class action lawsuit was filed this week on behalf of Coral Springs businesses affected by the May 13 gas line rupture that left at least 120 customers without gas.

The trial is being conducted by The cook and the corkwhich represents other restaurants and retail businesses that “have suffered significant economic damage” due to the gas outage, according to the lawsuit filed in civil court in Broward County.

According to the lawsuit, the ruptured gas line was caused by the negligence of Acosta Tractors, a company based in Hialeah Gardens.

The company used a type of directional drilling that severed the 6-inch gas line on Wiles Road “while blindly drilling underground, without performing proper and required soft digging” and other safe practices “to ensure the exact physical location of the gas line.”

According to the city, the ruptured gas line supplies University Drive from Wiles Road to Southgate Boulevard and up to Coral Springs Drive. The crash caused severe damage to Wiles Road and the gas line was shut off so crews could carry out repairs.

The outage left at least 120 customers, mostly businesses, without gas service during the restaurant dinner rush. Some businesses were still without gas the next day.

According to the lawsuit, Acosta Tractors accidentally hit the same gas line on two other occasions, first on November 15, 2021 and then on January 27, 2022. The lawsuit alleges the company should have known that its drilling tactics were insufficient. to avoid accidents like the one that caused May’s rupture and gas failure.

Local restaurants including The Cook & the Cork, Wings Plus and Tavolino Della Notte were among the eateries unable to serve the typical number of customers during the outage. Without gas, chefs turned to mobile food stations and other alternatives to serve hungry customers, but lost significant revenue in the process.

The lawsuit, filed by attorneys Adam Moskowitz and William Scherer, seeks a jury trial and unspecified damages of more than $30,000.

According to LinkedIn of Acosta Tractors pagethe company was founded in 1973 and is family owned and operated.

“Over the years, ATI has become one of South Florida’s leading engineering contracting companies providing complete underground utility installation, complete road construction and site development to property owners and contractors. developers,” the page reads.

“In over four decades of work in the public and private sectors, [Acosta Tractors] has acquired an invaluable wealth of knowledge and expertise by participating in countless projects of varying sizes, scopes and complexities.

A message left with Acosta Tractors about the lawsuit on Monday was not immediately returned.

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Kevin Deutsch
Kevin Deutsch

Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime reporter and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on the staff of the Miami Herald, New York Daily News and Palm Beach Post.