Weeding Out The Bad Seeds
They're keeping track of residents who get involved in criminal activity, and then, kicking them out.
Vanessa Whitfield refuses to put up with any more troublemakers.
"The leases will be enforced, and we will be following all the rules and regulations of the leases," said Whitfield.
Whitfield works as a Regional Manager for Orange Realty. That's a Jacksonville-based company that manages Gardenia Gardens Apartments in Gainesville. Gardenia Gardens is one of a handful of apartment complexes in the area that's teamed up with law enforcement. Their goal isÂ to kick out anyone with ties to criminal activity.
That's good news for residents like Elovia Davis, who say they want the bad seeds out.
"It's been a lot of fighting and a whole lot of stuff that really needed to get handled -- drugs and everything," said Davis.
Davis says a recent fight in the neighborhood caused damage to her car, which cost her about $300. That same fight got her neighbor, 19-year-old Desiree Boyd, evicted this week. Gainesville police say they can link Boyd to at least seven felony cases.
Police say the clean sweep of places like Gardenia Gardens should help keep residents like Davis and her children feel safer.
"It makes me have faith in my property to know that they're not going to let nothing happen to me or my kids," said Davis.
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