CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla - A walk into these woods and you will see why Deputies aren't phased by a problem plaguing the county. Homeless camps are turning up on plots of vacant lots and the Sheriff's Office has been dealing with them for some time now.
We counted three camps well with-in 100 feet from a strip mall just off Cochran Boulevard north of U.S. 41. While there we found dirty mattresses, dozens of beer cans scattered everywhere and trash left over from several bon fires.
Our cameras even spotted pre-packaged meals given out at homeless shelters that were left to rot on the ground.
Deputies warn the camp sites pose a serious safety and health risk. Two homeless people died at various camps last month. Inmates will be brought out to clean the camp on Saturday.
The Sheriff's Office says it has removed 70,000 pounds of trash from more than 40 different camp sites this year alone.