Group Seeks Solution to Illegal Dumping

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Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer

A constant problem with people illegally dumping trash in a neighborhood near Keystone Heights will be the main topic of discussion during a meeting of the Highridge Estates Homeowners Association on Monday.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Clay Electric Cooperative headquarters building on Florida 100. Guest speakers will be Deputy Sheriff Gary Winterstein, who investigates illegal dumping cases throughout the county, and a Clay County code enforcement officer.

"We've had a big, bad problem [with illegal dumping] in here," said Colleen Davison, president of the 450-member homeowners group. "We've got a lot of it cleaned up, but it's starting up again."

Davison, who was elected president one year after she moved from Ohio to Clay County seven years ago, said a lot of the dumping has been done by people coming to the area from other parts of Clay or other counties. But unfortunately, she said, some of the culprits live in the community that's being defiled by trash and household garbage that becomes an eyesore and a possible health hazard. …