Seffner Gets Cleaned Up For The Holidays Through Operation Fight The Blight

By Tamas Mondovics

Hillsborough County Code Enforcement Officers partnering with several other County agencies including Animal Services, Public Utilities and Public Works, along with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and Tampa Electric Company workers, continued their successful Operation Fight the Blight cleanup campaign this month.

Focusing on communities in the Seffner area with a home base at 1104 N. Kingsway Rd., Operation Fight the Blight: Seffner is Code Enforcement’s sixth clean-up campaign this year.

Previously, Code Enforcement assisted residents in the Palm River, Timberlane, Nuccio Park, Wimauma and Gibsonton neighborhoods by removing more than 309 tons of discarded items and inspecting approximately 1,672 properties.

The Seffner area Operation Fight the Blight boundaries reached north to south from U.S. Highway 92 to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., and east to west from Kingsway Rd. to County Road 579.

Residents who lived within the boundaries and wished to participate in the program were asked to show proof of residence, such as a Florida Driver’s License, Florida Vehicle Registration or utility bills.

During the operation, several dumpsters were kept in place at 1104 N. Kingsway Rd. for residents to dispose of the following items that included furniture, junk, trash, debris, metal and electronics.

County Code Enforcement officials said that each cleanup campaign results in the collection of dozens of tons of trash, debris and junk from residents who participated in the program, and it also contributes to the reduction of crime.

Dexter Barge, Director of Hillsborough County Code Enforcement, said that the effort can only be accomplished with the support of the residents and the participating local government agencies.

“Thanks to the entire Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office for being such a great partner in this effort,” Barge said.  “Without the involvement and assistance from our environmental deputies, we could not have had this type of success. The standard was clearly set with this operation.”

To learn more about Hillsborough County Code Enforcement, please visit www.hillsboroughcounty.org or contact 274-6600.