News 13 has the latest on a controversial disposal site in Millville. It appears positive changes will finally take place. Details in this Problem Solver report.
First, a little backgound. Padlocks were put on the gates to the Coyote Waste Disposal site in September 2011. The property is located just off of Ninth Street and Sherman Avenue in Millville. State officials say the owner of the site is faced with several unresolved code violations.
Nearby residents have voiced concerns to city officials and to News 13. They have long been frustrated about no action to clean up the property and complained about rodents, mosquitoes and the piles of building materials, tires and other garbage. But, it looks like relief is at hand.
According to an in-kind approval letter, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection says a Bay County company, Phoenix Construction, will do the clean up to offset its own environmental violations at the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport site.
Shawn Hamilton, Northwest District Director of the DEP says, "One of the options extended to Phoenix, if they undertook a project in environmental justice concerns then the department would honor a one to one commitment...dollar to dollar to what they are committed to as opposed to a traditional in-kind project."
Some of the cleanup includes:
Hamilton says, "I do want to take a moment and give a good appreciation to the county and the city they have been at the table with us trying to brainstorm solutions, whatever."
Mayor Greg Brudnicki says Panama City welcomes the cleanup process, and says, "I'm ecstatic. You know this is something that has been a problem several years and it is a 6-700-thousand dollar project so it wasn't something anybody had budgeted and all efforts were made to try to get the owner to take care of that. It is great for the city and great for the nearby the residents. Absolutely… certainly."
The cleanup is to begin within 45 days and be completed no later than September 13. News 13 will keep you updated on that process.