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Atlantic Beach business owner forced to clean up homeless man's mess

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Updated: 5/09/2013 8:47 pm
ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- There is practically a homeless haven back behind the Pooches Pet Spa on Atlantic Boulevard, and owner Velma Campbell said it is now costing her big.

"Thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars," she said.

Campbell said a vagrant set up shop on her property, leaving behind one massive mess.

"He even cut my chain-link fence and he had his cable and his lock that we had to cut yesterday," she said. "Atlantic Beach Police cut it so we could enter my property."

She just got a letter in the mail from Atlantic Beach, informing her of the trash on her property and warning of a steep fine if it went unaddressed. But the real jolt came when she walked back there herself.

"(There was an) enormous mess on the property and what ran through my mind, my neck went into spasms seeing just the mess. It's very, very sad."sad," she said.

She's footing the bill to clean it up this time. And she said it wont be cheap to rent a backhoe and someone to operate it. But she's most upset because she's convinced it's just going to happen again. If again -- if not on her property, then someplace else.

"We need to find help for the homeless because I cannot continue to pay to have cleanup," she said.

Campbell told Action News she tried keeping people out of there. Several years ago she filed a no trespassing form with Atlantic Beach police but was told this week that it was no longer valid. She filed another one Wednesday.

Action News reached out to the city and the police office but, so far, no response.
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Realchange - 5/10/2013 5:11 AM
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Fine ? So what is basically being said is you do not own property. The city decides what you can or cannot have on your property. Why is the homeless man not required to cleanup his mess? Since he tresspassed and ruined the place make him clean it up.
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