MLK Landfill Homes - Tampa: Overview

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:34 by admin
Residents living in an area of east Tampa between 26th and 28th streets near Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard say their homes were built on an old trash landfill. Throughout the area debris has risen to the surface over the last several years. In addition, after heavy rains a potent chemical odor emerges from the ground.

Attorneys representing eighteen east Tampa residents recently notified city council members, county commissioners, and several environmental officials about the health hazard and demanded that the government purchase the contaminated property and pay to relocate residents. While there is no official record of a landfill in the area, unofficial dumps were common before landfill controls were established. Furthermore, residents speculate that builders were aware of dumping in the area before development began. The MLK Village subdivision was built as part of a low-income housing project.

See your doctor if you live in this area and have experienced serious health problems. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Specific Contaminated Sites
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