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Lee County suing MW Horticulture over mulch fires

Posted: 7:38 AM, Aug 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-14 07:38:36-04

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Lee County filed a lawsuit Tuesday against a recycling plant with a history of fires, which they hope will finally bring it into compliance.

MW Horticulture operates yard-waste recycling sites in North Fort Myers and South Fort Myers.

The county says it's in violation because of a debris pile that's had several fires, leading to air and water quality issues.

“The county’s litigation with MW Horticulture is a last resort to alleviate the safety issues that the property presents to the community,” Lee County Attorney Richard Wesch said. “MW Horticulture was fully compensated at its North Fort Myers site by the county’s debris contractor for post-Hurricane Irma debris. The present situation is the result of the fact that MW Horticulture continued to take in debris once it reached capacity and refused to expend the costs associated with removal of the materials from the property.”

MW Horticulture was ordered to clean it up by early July but missed the deadline.

Since then, they have been paying $200 in fines every day.
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