A Tampa neighborhood is lastly having some responses, after residents say they have witnessed neglect at houses owned by the Florida Division of Transportation. 


“I am not asking or miracles,” said Eddie Duprey. “Clear your individual stuff up!”

Duprey and his wife Emily individual a house on East 14th Avenue upcoming to an FDOT lot he suggests has been attracting litterers and loiters. So, he known as the Department for assist.

“She explained to me there is no much more income the checkbook is locked up,” Duprey reported.

The few is inquiring FDOT to set up barriers very similar to the ones at a different large amount to stay away from trespassing. When accomplishing their individual cleanup, the few suggests they located all varieties of trash, which include utilised needles and empty beer cans. 

They have also seen unauthorized motor vehicles and unwanted attendees. 

“We caught any person accomplishing their enterprise!,” reported Emily. 

When Spectrum Bay Information 9 achieved out to FDOT on Monday, the office despatched a single of its contractors to look at the next working day.

“The FDOT contractor is consistently in the neighborhood cleaning up debris on the FDOT owned a lot,” FDOT said in a assertion. 

The section is also encouraging neighbors in the region to make contact with the law enforcement if they see illegal activity. 

The Dupreys transform down FDOT’s present

The Florida Office of Transportation has procured quite a few lots and was provided the proper to acquire more to crystal clear the route for the I-275, I-4 Interchange enlargement job. The Duprey’s declined an supply for their house. 

“They never even give you enough to purchase oneself a trailer to live in!,” mentioned Eddie Duprey. 

Equally he and his spouse are retired and say this is their without end residence. 

“So several many years over right here, you know?” mentioned Emily “Seeking to make it search awesome, then they want to test to get it away from you?” 

Now in their 60’s, the Dupreys say they won’t be able to manage to commence about. While they are nonetheless dwelling on 14th Avenue, they assume each good deal in that neighborhood to be preserved. 

After inquiries from Spectrum Bay Information 9, FDOT reps paid out a personal visit to the pair. They have promised to clean up, trim trees, deal with a broken fence and established up limitations to discourage trespassing.