COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Boxes, car parts, paper goods, all spread across the grass behind the Unity Faith Missionary Baptist Church off 39th Street Southwest. Pastor Leon Williams said he had no idea who is using the land as a personal trash can.
"We generally don't come back here," said Williams.
In fact, Williams didn't even know the mess was on his property until he got a notice of violation from the county's Code Enforcement that says he'll have to pay a fine of up to $500 or face prosecution, if he doesn't clean it up.
"Now we are being forced by the county to pay for something we didn't do."
The county said illegal dumping is a problem in the area and said the Pastor did the right thing for responding to the violation.
"The county representative called me this morning and said that he's going to try talk to FPL and they're going to provide some heavy equipment to come in and clean this up without cost to us," said Williams.
So long as he works to help in return.
Pastor Williams said he's also considering talking to other property owners to construct a fence at the entrance to prevent this from happening again.