Published: Feb 04, 2011 12:05 AM EST
Updated: Feb 03, 2011 3:11 PM EST

Punta Gorda- Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office jail inmates and the County’s Public Works Department are cleaning up a former park area south of Punta Gorda on Taylor Road that has become a place for illegal male sexual activity, drugs, and trash dumping over the years.
CCSO acting on numerous complaints from area residents, met with Public Works and Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) to take action in cleaning up the land in the dam area that is partly on County, State, and City property.
County employees cleared the right of way along Taylor Road by the Alligator Creek Bridge that opens up looking into the site that contains a dam called the Alligator Creek Salinity Barrier. Inmates did the clearing of trees, brush and debris on part of the SWFWMD property. Four 55-gallon barrels of beer bottles and cans were picked up this morning. SWFWMD will contract for someone come in and clear off the former parking lot at the site, which many years ago was a popular family and fishing spot just below the dam.
With the clearing of the property allowing great visual access to the dam and beauty of the area, it is hoped that the illegal activities will cease. CCSO deputies have made arrests in the past and will continue to check the area.