Man Breaks Florida Litter Law, Now Behind Bars

A Panama City man is arrested for improperly dumping used tires on his property in Bayou George.

A complaint led the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to the home of 51-year old John Michael Morris, of Bayou George.

Morris was observed dumping approximately 15,000 to 20,000 used tires on his property on Davis Road. Morris was arrested and charged with violating the Florida Litter Law; he faces up to $15,000 in fines and/or up to five-and-a-half years in prison.

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  • by Anonymous Location: FL on Mar 17, 2010 at 07:45 PM
    Where is the line between dumping & storage ??? What constitutes as "dumping" on your own property ?? Yes, the tires are unsightly and can be breeding grounds for mosquitos, but its not as if tires leech toxins into the soil like many other items that people store and one day intend to deliver to a recycle / waste disposal facility, and then never get around to it. Maybe he was holding out for the right buyer, who would grind them up for use in playgrounds and in asphalt road surfaces. They were an investment, till the market dropped out.. LOL..
  • by josh Location: pcb on Mar 17, 2010 at 03:22 PM This is why it's illegal
  • by Kitty Location: PC on Mar 17, 2010 at 01:57 PM
    If those of you that think it was such a "crime" to arrest this criminal, go get the tires off his property and put them in your neighborhood...that's what I thought, of course you don't want an ugly mosquito farm near you either. Quit complaining and get a life.
  • by J Location: Texas on Mar 17, 2010 at 07:50 AM
    I buy the property and I pay the taxes on the property and the government still wants to tell me what I can do. When is this rape by the government on the citizens going to stop?
  • by RedsMom Location: PCB on Mar 17, 2010 at 07:12 AM
    Breaking the law has nothing to do with liberalism vs conservatism. The law applies equally to everyone. If I were burying toxic waste in my backyard, I would hope someone would arrest me. This law is in place to protect our environment for the gererations yet to come. Perhaps we should stop being so "me me me" and demanding our "rights" (that are really priviledges) and be aware of what our actions are doing to those around us and to the generations yet to come.
  • by Maama Location: PC Beach on Mar 17, 2010 at 06:24 AM
    I don't agree with Brian's comment. I fail to see the connection between a man being arrested for breaking the law and "Liberals & Communism." It's not ok to break the law just because you are doing it on your own property. Property rights don't give you the right to do "anything you want" on the property...You can't grow pot, cook meth, starve animals, create your own dump site, or any other illegal activity just because it's your castle & your land. Law Enforcement officers enforce the law for the protection of the community. If you think that is being "Liberal or Comunist" I find those kind of thoughts very disturbing.
  • by Conservative Location: PC on Mar 17, 2010 at 06:24 AM
    Seems a little extreme that they would arrest him as a first move at rectifying the situation. Why not serve him with orders to arrange proper disposal?
  • by James Iler Location: Panama City Beach on Mar 17, 2010 at 06:22 AM
    If used tires are so Bad why do they use them in playgrounds i mean as the mat like at frank brown park that is made out of used tires.
  • by Liberal Location: PCB on Mar 17, 2010 at 06:03 AM
    The guy broke the law. Stop turning everything into liberal vs conservative. Would you have a different opinion if he had raped someone on his "private property"? Get a clue.
  • by Angel Location: Panama City on Mar 17, 2010 at 05:31 AM
    Freedom may come with a few rules, but they are there to protect our environment, our property values, and our quality of life. Thank you DEP and BCSO for helping to keep our planet clean and holding our environmental criminals responsible for their irresponsible actions. Good Job!!!
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