In response to previous letters that discussed the issue of littering in Ocala/Marion County, more residents from Ocala wrote in to share their thoughts on this topic.
“During my first week here after moving from California, where everyone is very conscious of the environment, I witnessed someone right beside me, at a traffic light, stick their hand with a bag full of fast food garbage out the window and drop it right on the ground. I almost got out of my car and threw it in their open window, but the light changed too quickly. What is wrong with people here? That is disgusting. Ocala is so beautiful. Why would you just toss your garbage like that?” says Maria Shahi, Ocala resident.
“I love the barcode idea and the opportunities for those without income to assist themselves and their community. This is what is missing in Ocala. There should be more advertising all over the city: posters, billboards, stickers, etc. We could possibly kick it off with an informative meeting about resources with some tents and fliers, maybe at downtown Tuscawilla Park. I’m super hopeful,” says Ocala resident Stormie Miller.
“I really love the idea of making the litterers pick up the litter, but it should be for a week or a month. Let that sink into their skulls,” says Kay Voge, Ocala resident.
“Trash on the roadsides in Marion County has gotten ridiculous. I drive on County Road 484 daily and it sickens me to see bags of trash thrown onto the roadside. Whole bags of trash are tossed on the road and animals strew the trash everywhere. It would be beneficial if local law enforcement checked the bags for mail/addresses in order to cite those people with littering,” says Ocala resident Lloyd Lord.
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