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Felony arrest for illegal dumping in Ocala National Forest topic of upcoming press conference

Marion County officials are hosting a press conference next week to provide details on a felony arrest made for illegal dumping in the Ocala National Forest that they described as a “groundbreaking development in the ongoing battle against litter.”

Litter at the Ocala National Forest
Litter at the Ocala National Forest (Photo: Marion County)

The press conference will take place on Monday, June 17, at 10 a.m. in the McPherson Government Campus auditorium (601 SE 25th Avenue) in Ocala.

According to the county, the individual(s) in question “negatively impacted” other citizens across the county with their actions.

“Those who will be convicted have negatively impacted Marion County’s environment, natural beauty, and quality of life for its residents,” reads a statement from the county.

According to the statement, the press conference will feature “key figures” who have played a role in “bringing justice to [the] illegal dumping case.”

That includes officials from the U.S. Forest Service, Florida Fish and Wildlife Division of Law Enforcement, and elected officials, among others.

The press conference is another example of the county’s attempt to highlight organizations and individuals who impact litter in Marion County, whether good or bad.

Last month, county officials presented a “Litter Hero” award to Gambler 500 Florida, LLC for the group’s efforts in removing over 100,000 pounds of trash from the Ocala National Forest.