Brevard Sheriff’s Office ‘Chain Gang’ Pitches in to Clean Up Homeless Camp, Dumping Ground Under Sykes Creek Bridge
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // July 31, 2021
22,600 pounds of garbage was taken to the landfill
Homeless camp under the Sykes Creek Parkway Bridge turned into an unsightly dumping ground filled with garbage and debris
By Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Recently our agency was notified by several citizens that what started as a homeless camp under the Sykes Creek Parkway Bridge had now turned into an unsightly dumping ground that was literally filled with garbage and debris.
The initial photographs we received were unbelievable and extremely concerning, so I immediately sent our Ag/Marine Unit to the area to address the root causes of the problem and also to evaluate what needed to be done so that future incidents of this kind don’t occur at this location or anywhere else in our beautiful community.
As you can see from the above “before” picture, the only word that truly describes what they found is “disgusting.”
While our Deputies from the Ag/Marine Unit worked to address what caused the garbage in the first place, we also asked our Brevard County Sheriff’s Office “Chain Gang” to respond to the area and work to clean everything up.
It literally took the members of our “Chain Gang” several days to remove and properly dispose of over 22,600 pounds of the garbage that was present at the site as they loaded a total of 16 trailers that were subsequently taken to the landfill.
As you can see from the below photo taken afterward, they did an amazing job at restoring the area to its natural state.
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I want to personally thank the members of our “Chain Gang” and our Corrections Deputies who supervise the team, for how hard they worked under very adverse conditions to restore the area to its original beauty.
These men worked hard to clean up a mess that should have never been there and also work hard each and every day to keep our Brevard County roadways and parks clean.
I will personally be meeting with the members of the “Chain Gang” this coming week to deliver some power rings (our name for donuts) and to also thank them myself for a job well done.
I also want to thank Keep Brevard Beautiful and Island Keepers for stopping by the work site several times with food and donuts while the “Chain Gang” was working and also for all they do to keep Brevard County a beautiful place to call home.
As I always say… “it takes a community to protect a community!”
– Sheriff Wayne Ivey