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Locals say landfill near Deane Bozeman School still stinks

Locals say after nearly a year the smell at the landfill has gotten worse. (WJHG/WECP)
Locals say after nearly a year the smell at the landfill has gotten worse. (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: Nov. 20, 2019 at 9:00 PM CST
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After nearly a year Southport locals are still dealing with a smell that's hanging around the Waste Pro Construction and Demolition Landfill near Deane Bozeman School.

Local Devin Smith said, "I live right across the street so every night I can smell it because of the A.C. and the air outside and it just smells terrible."

Officials with the the Florida Department of Environmental Protection say they conducted a site inspection on November 6, and say some progress has been made but they recommend more soil be applied to trouble spots.

But do locals believe it's getting better?

"No," said local Justin Bevis. "If anything it's getting worse. It just smells worse and worse every week."

Smith said, "I feel like it's just getting worse, with them still bringing in trash. Last night I actually got home from Alabama on a road trip and driving past the school it was smoky outside. It smelled like smoke and garbage."

Officials with the D.E.P. say they contacted the facility Tuesday after locals called in many odor complaints, those with the landfill say the smoky smell was not from them but from a next door facility.

Despite where the smell is coming from, locals hope something can be done.

Bevis said, "Move it, get it out of there, I don't know. I don't think it should be right across from the school where people are going every day. It's disruptive."

Local Tyler Lee said, "I definitely think they should think about moving it or maybe go somewhere else with it so it's not around everything."

Officials with the D.E.P. say they are closely monitoring the site and will pursue enforcement to get rid of the smell.

We've reached out to Waste Pro for comment but have not heard back.

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