The City of St. Petersburg is being fined $820,000 by the state for spilling millions of gallons of sewage, but it is also being provided with a way to avoid the vast majority of the fine.

According to our news partners at The Tampa Bay Times, the state Department of Environmental Protection notified the city late Thursday of the fine, but also told it that it can avoid $810,000 of the penalty by implementing a pollution preservation project.

The state outlined a series of steps the city must take by 2018.

Meanwhile, the city also hired a former television meteorologist to be the spokesman for the city's Public Works Department, the agency under fire for the spills.

Bill Logan, 55, who was with WFTS until this year, will make $90,000 a year in his new job.

For more on the fine, read The Times story. For more on Logan's hiring, click here.