- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) - For the last decade and a half, mosquitoes have thrived in a pile of more than 11,000 illegally dumped tires on a tree-shaded lot in rural Pasco County.

A county cleanup crew began removing the tires Monday. The site had become a public health threat due to the mosquitoes.

Officials say an elderly woman used to live on the site, and when a man asked her if he could begin a tire recycling business there, she agreed. He dumped thousands of tires on the land but never recycled them. The Tampa Bay Times (https://bit.ly/ZV0prk) reports that the lot turned into a junk pile.

When the woman died, her daughters took over the land. It became a site for drug use, vandalism and vagrants.

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Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), https://www.tampabay.com.


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