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Residents voice their opinions on landfill expansion in southeast Gainesville

Published: Jun. 6, 2019 at 7:45 PM EDT
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Some residents are trying to solidify opposition to a plan to expand a landfill in southeast Gainesville.

Opponents protested against the plan at the Alachua County Administration building located at 12 SE 1st St. on Thursday.

This year in February, the county commission approved the request of Florence's Recycling and Disposal to expand the height of their disposed material, which handles material from construction sites.

The Development Review Committee members reviewed the development plan created by Paul Florence, the Florence's Recycling and Disposal president.

Some members of the community were in favor of the expansion while others voiced their opinions hoping to delay the landfill expansion.

“The southeast side of Gainesville has always been dumped on,” Gainesville resident Johnell Gainey said. "We’re tired of the negative stuff being dumped on us. We say no to the dump. No the expansion. Stop dumping on us."

Some of the concerns that were discussed by the community were how the landfill may bring harm to the farms and the quality of water in the area.