Published: Aug 21, 2010 8:40 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 21, 2010 5:40 PM EDT

(Photos courtesy Charlotte County Sheriff's Office)

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office began clean-up work at 20 homeless camps in the Port Charlotte area on Saturday.  Most of the camps are locared in an area east of U.S. 41 and Sherbourne Street.

Neighbors contacted the sheriff's office asking for help removing vagrants from their property.  People in the heavily wooded area were given several days notice to leave the area.

The Sheriff's Office brought in 20 inmates to remove trash and other items left behind at the homeless camps.