CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) – Clearwater police and code enforcement officials are cracking down on illegal dumping.
Authorities say they’ve had a recent increase in illegal dumping cases on vacant lots and residential properties. Isay Gulley has had a lot of cleaning to do on her property. Gulley, CEO and president of Clearwater Neighborhood Housing Services Inc., said she plans to build housing for veterans on the vacant lot.
Two people were caught dumping mattresses, a sofa bed and a couch on Gulley’s Roosevelt Avenue lot.
They’re not the only ones dropping off junk. “Sofas, chairs, roll-away beds,” Gulley said.
It’s been a major headache during the last several months. “It’s been small piles for several years, but this year they became major piles. It became unbearable,”Gulley said.
Unfortunately, Gulley and the non-profit have had to bare the expense of having it all removed. “The largest for one removal was $800 and something. It was just that much of stuff,” Gulley said.
“You need to take your trash to the dump and pay for it. It is not fair to put it on other people’s property,” she said. “We don’t want your stuff.”
She went to city leaders and complained. Gulley called Clearwater Vice Mayor Bill Jonson.
“We rolled through and not only did we find this pile, we found others,” Gulley said.
Piles of trash were found on Palm Bluff Street, as well as on Taft Avenue. More illegal dumping could be found on surrounding roads.
“Rather than take them to the dump and pay for a tipping fee, they’re just dumping them in this neighborhood,” Jonson said.
Jonson went to Clearwater Police and set up surveillance. That’s how officers were able to catch several suspects dumping on Gulley’s property.
“I’d like to catch the people that are dumping and hold them responsible,” Jonson said.
Clearwater Police ask that you report illegal dumping by calling the department at (727) 562-4242,
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