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Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 10:15 pm

PALM VALLEY — Anyone caught littering or illegal dumping in the city could face much heftier fines soon.

If a person is caught illegally dumping trash items in the city, fines could run between $50 and $500 for each offense.

That is after city officials voted in favor of amending an ordinance to increase the potential fines.

The issue came up when a resident complained about people dumping items, such as mattresses and other garbage off of Dilworth Road between Country Club Estates and Palm Valley.

A 1981 ordinance previously set the fines for between $10 and $100.

On Monday, city officials agreed that fine structure was too low to be a deterrent.

“This is enough now to put more teeth into the ordinance,” Palm Valley Police Chief Alvaro Garcia said to the city council.

However, it won’t be the police or the council who will decide the fine for the offense.

Garcia said typically police try to keep the situation from reaching the citation level.

For years, the city has written letters to the property owners and given them 10 days to remedy the situation. Then, another letter is sent before they are cited.

The scenario also includes anyone caught bringing garbage or other items into PalmValley and dumping the items.

City Attorney Jason Mann said the judge will determine the citation amount. The police decide whether to cite or not.

Mann suggested it’s likely the more significant dumping will probably result in a bigger fine.

The City Council voted unanimously in favor of the ordinance amendment. 

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