COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Tuesday night, Collier County residents got a chance to find out more, and ask some questions about the county's plans to expand the landfill vertically by nearly 100 feet.
The landfills current maximum height is a little over 100 feet. The state maximum the county is trying to get permitted for is 200 feet. Although, county officials say the trash will never reach that height, they believe this vertical expansion will expand the life of the landfill by 20 years.
Those at the meeting had two main questions about the expansion. They want to know if it will smell and if it will be able to be scene from a distance away.
Right now, the landfill is the tallest point in the county. However, county officials compared anything higher to that of any of the high rise condos; you don't see it until you're close up.
As for the smell, some Golden Gate residents are afraid and upwards expansion will leave them with a problem they had a few years ago with odor. One resident says the stench could be smelled at his home three miles from the landfill.
The county says that will not happen. The reason they had odor issues before was because of mismanagement at the site, something that's been fixed.
The approval to go ahead and try and get permits for the 200 foot high allowance will go in front of the Collier Commissioners in two weeks. Even if approved there is still a lengthy process before the permit would be finalized by the state.