Instead of pool, Lakeland man gets a dump

11:06 AM, Jun 17, 2011   |    comments
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Lakeland, Florida -- Rather than swimming in a pool of crisp, cool water, Brian Dyer is swimming in a pool of regret.

"As a homeowner, you feel violated because you're thinking people are doing the right thing," he said.

When contractors went to work in the backyard of his Oak Run home, they didn't just dig up dirt, but trash... and a lot of it.

"It's just a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach to see what they're bringing up with each scoop," he said.

Dyer says the contractors tried to dig into three different areas in the backyard and each time, came up with more trash. 

"We found several tires, what appears to be washing machine tubs, trash, debris, metal parts, we found a lawnmower in the deep hole over there," Dyer said, pointing to an eleven foot deep hole. "You name it, it seems to be coming up out of the hole."

He has no idea how much more trash is under his property, how far it goes or even worse, if it's under his house.

"We're very fearful at this point," he said.

Dyer says his wife of more than one year had the home built in 2005 by Southern Homes in the Oak Run community.  He says the neighborhood sits on top of an old orange grove.

Blaine Shelton, his step-son says there was no indication their property sat three feet above a dump site.

"We just found tiles all over the place.  We didn't think anything of it," said Shelton. 

Dyer says the builder has denied knowing anything about the trash site.

The Polk County Planning and Development department tells 10 News builders must go 12 inches below the ground to build a foundation, so it's possible the builder never knew the trash pile was there.

'Somebody put it here; somebody knew it was in the ground at some point.  Don't know who that is at this stage in the game, but somebody is responsible I'd think," he said.

"Somebody illegally dumped this in our backyard and didn't disclose it," he added.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection says it's taken samples from the site to determine whether the trash site has contaminated the ground.

While DEP says it can tell Dyer how to best clean up the mess, he is responsible for paying for it.

He says he's been told it could cost him thousands of dollars and that's based on what they know is underground; drying up any hopes for a pool anytime soon.

"I'm going to buy a blow up pool and stick in out here once it gets cleaned up," he said.

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