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Plan for east Tampa dump dropped

Published June 7, 2007


TAMPA - A controversial plan for a dump site in east Tampa has been scrapped.

The city will "search for a more viable location that will be viewed by the public as complementary and beneficial, " said David McCary, director of the department of solid waste, in a letter sent this week to City Council members.

McCary last week presented the plan to place a 3-acre dump site on a 22-acre wooded property on Sligh Avenue at 22nd Street. McCary said the project would help eliminate illegal dumping on vacant lots in the neighborhood. McCary said 36 of the 52 lots in the city often used for illegal dumping are in east Tampa.

But residents in Seminole Heights and other neighborhoods opposed the project, and inundated council members with letters and e-mails objecting to it.

In his letter, McCary said that although he believes the proposed location would "greatly benefit Tampa residents, we are considerate of community concerns."

[Last modified June 7, 2007, 01:32:42]

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