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County Code Enforcement’s 'Operation Fight The Blight' is big success
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County Code Enforcement’s 'Operation Fight The Blight' is big success

Hillsborough County Code Enforcement collected more than 150-cubic yards of trash, debris and junk from the USF area as its 10-day Operation Fight the Blight ended.

Officers filled five dumpsters with trash including 60 cubic yards of tree limbs and branches, which Code Enforcement cut and trimmed, and 90 yards of other accumulated junk. 

During Operation Fight the Blight, teams also:

  • Picked up 62 tires discarded in drainage ditches and on vacant property.
  • Boarded up 21 abandoned apartment units.
  • Cleared severe overgrowth on four lots.
  • Cleaned graffiti throughout the community.
  • Demolished a condemned apartment building.

Deputies arrested two people for possessing stolen electrical meters, and TECO workers removed 10 other meters from vacant and vandalized buildings.

Hillsborough County Code officials feel Operation Fight the Blight’s success is due to the partnership created between agencies.  The partnership included several other County agencies, including Animal Services, Neighborhood Relations, and Parks, Recreation and Conservation, along with Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputies, the University Area Community Development Corporation, and Tampa Electric Company (TECO) staff for the clean-up campaign to help reduce crime in the area. 

In addition, Code Enforcement would also like to thank the residents in the area who participated to make the clean up campaign a success.

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