Operation Fight the Blight: Timberlane, a cleanup campaign targeting neighborhoods near Wood Lake Park, netted 32.5 tons of trash, debris and other junk, according to Hillsborough County Code Enforcement.
During the 11-day collection that concluded May 16, 134 residents brought discards to the collection area next to Wood Lake Park.
Also during the drive, Code Enforcement picked up 56 discarded tires, inspected 239 properties and issued 189 citations for violations that included inoperable vehicles, overgrown vegetation and abandoned houses, the county agency reported.
To help make the cleanup a success, Code Enforcement teamed with Timberlane area residents and other county agencies, including Affordable Housing Services, Animal Services, Public Utilities and Public Works, along with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and Tampa Electric Co.
Hillsborough Code Enforcement’s Operation Fight the Blight program received the 2012 American Association of Code Enforcement award for Outstanding Achievement in Code Enforcement Techniques.
Boundaries of this latest cleanup reached north to south from West Waters Avenue to Memorial Highway, and east to west from Sheldon Road to Timberlane Drive.
Similar cleanups are scheduled throughout the county. The year's first Operation Fight the Blight targeted Palm River, which collecting 153 tons. Similar efforts begin July 1 in Wimauma and in September in Gibsonton.