Illegal dumping site discovered in popular fishing area

Residents claim a truck was dumped into the pond
Posted at 11:26 PM, Jul 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-19 07:12:20-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- A Lehigh Acres community claims a pond is being used as an illegal dumping site.

The pond near the Heron Pond Apartments is murky and residents say there’s a lot more than fish floating around.

"You see things all the time. I'm sorry, why are you going to pollute your own water supply," said one resident who asked Four In Your Corner to conceal her identity.

She claims she has witnessed her neighbor illegally dumping items into the body of water near her apartment. 

"I was angry; I mentioned to him I said, 'that's illegal you shouldn't be doing that.”

She claims illegal dumping has been an ongoing issue at the pond for years.

According to a spokesperson for Lee County, the sheriff’s office was made aware of the illegal dumping site last week.

"I see people fishing a lot; I don't want people to eat these fish," said resident.

A long winding trail leads to the pond which is nestled between the woods across from the apartment complex.  

Along the trail there is random debris littered throughout the woods. Four In Your Corner saw broken pieces of tile, a computer, and even PVC pipes. 

“A baby doll; there's been styrofoam, a lot of that, there's a lot of things over there that leave chemical trace that won't ever come out," said the woman. 

The Lee County Natural Resources Department is in the process of planning to remove hazardous material from the pond, according to a county spokesperson.

"I think the perfect punishment is having them drink that water,” said the woman. “If you're gonna do it, you need to be drinking it," she added.

If you'd like to report illegal dumping site in Lee County you're encouraged to contact the Lee County Sheriff's Office.