People treat a Lehigh Acres community like a dumping ground

Gutted car lays abandoned in Lehigh Acres. (Credit: WINK News)
Gutted car lays abandoned in Lehigh Acres. (Credit: WINK News)

On any given day, Daniel Brown will find something new in Lehigh Acres. But his discoveries are not hidden treasures.

“Oh geez,” Brown said. “Syringes, a lot of diapers lately, bottle caps and cigarette butts. Quite a bit of stuff.”

It is trash scattered out in the open across his yard and other private property.

Tracing the trash can be difficult when it is left in open lots. Lee County Department of Transportation said they are in Lehigh Acres every day cleaning up litter. But it is a never ending battle, it seems.

Brown helps out by picking up trash through the Adopt-a-Road program.

“The trash is there and it gives me something to do,” Brown said.

Over on 12 St. E, neighbors describe it as a junkyard. Tires are scattered, even a gutted car. Lee County slapped the owner with a code violation.

That gives the owner 10 days to get rid of it. If he or she does not remove it or the owner can not be found, then the county has the right to get involved and get rid of it.

“I just wish people would pick up for themselves,” Brown said.

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