Punta Gorda proposed landfill gets opposition
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CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - The proposed site for the new landfill is in northeast Charlotte County set to be built on 550 acres of land.
Residents who live near it like Bob House aren't liking it one bit. Plans call for the landfill to allow residential and commercial waste, construction waste, and a recycling plant.
"When it rains all the surface water that hits the garbage is going to running off into our neighborhood," said House.
But the developers say no.
"It's in a location where it will not have any adverse impacts on the environment or surrounding residents," said Geri Waksler, the lawyer representing the developers.
Hundreds of residents who live near the proposed landfill were mailed a card about next week's public hearing. The Planning and Zoning Commission will be asked to change zoning regulations to allow the landfill to be built here. If that gets the green light, the final decision will rest with Charlotte County Commissioners like Bob Starr.
"I dont like it," said Starr.
Starr says Charlotte County already has 3 landfills and doesn't need another. The main landfill in Charlotte County is located on Zemell Road.
"I don't think Charlotte County needs to be the dump for the rest of the state of Florida," said Starr.
If created, this landfill will have the ability to service other counties in the state.
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