Burning Issue

By: Adam Roland
By: Adam Roland

The land on Back Beach Road will soon be filled with brand new homes. The developer is clearing the land, preparing to build, and that's the problem. At least, it's a problem for the people who live across the street in Seaclusion Beach.

They say the developer is burning the trees and underbrush on site, and that's creating a blanket of smoke and ash.

"We have a real concern about the burning that's going on across the street in the area that they are currently developing. When we called and talked to the supervisor he said they were just burning some trees. We have a huge amount of ash and soot and smoke in the air. It affects our properties as far the residue on our cars and furniture, and etc."

The ash and soot from the controlled burn across the street is everywhere, forcing residents to put in extra time and effort to clean their property, but not only is this aesthetically unpleasing, it's also raising health concerns.

"We've had a layer of soot from the burnings all over the neighborhood so our patios are covered, our vehicles, yards, our animals. I have white dogs that dragged the soot in. Additionally, I have breathing problems, and between the burning on Back Beach Road and the red tide, no one around here seems to be able to breathe."

The job supervisor would not comment on the situation. Residents claim he told them the burning would only last two more days, but they say that's two days too many.

They want the developer to haul the trees off the property. They also say they're not getting much help from local authorities.

"I understand that City Hall has gotten a lot of calls, but when people call with real concerns, there needs to be some action taken, somebody needs to be on the ball and pay attention to what's going on."

For now it seems the residents of Seaclusion Beach must continue to deal with the problem. They hope it's only for a few more days.

Residents contacted code enforcement, which sent someone out to take pictures, but they said the only thing that can be done is to file a civil suit. So far no one has taken that step.

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