Canals are everywhere in Southwest Florida.
“We get a lot of tires. Couches. Electronics. A car in the canal. Trampoline. A lot of grow house material. Exotic animals. Stray dogs. Goats. Goat heads. Dismembered horses. There was a body,” David Lindsay, District Manager of the Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District, said. “Yes we find unusual things.”
Lindsay is just one of at least five agencies responsible for keeping our canals clean. It costs Lehigh Acres almost $650,000 a year to maintain canals.
“Lee County’s road ditches dump into our system,” he said. “Then our system dumps back into Lee County’s system. Then they dump into a South Florida Water Management river.”
One thing is certain. Pulling trash and whatever else out of a canal isn’t a job anyone enjoys.