Lee County Code Enforcement inspections have begun. Out of the four businesses inspected so far, only one has been in question, the McDonalds on U.S. Highway 19.
Jim Wright with code enforcement says, "they had litter and other material outside of the dumpster that can be moved by either wind or rain and again the litter could enter the storm drain system and end up in the creek."
McDonalds will get another chance in ten days when code enforcement re-inspects them. But the bottom line is, even a small amount of trash on the ground can hurt the environment.
Wright says, "If you have pollution outside the business it can be in the form of chemicals, oils, any type of substance and when it rains, that material is washed down in the storm drain system and goes out to the canals and the creek."
The community spoke up about their thoughts on the matter as well. Everyone FOX 31 spoke to said they care what businesses look like in their communities.
John McNeil says, "if you go there and it looks bad it makes you think about what it looks like on the inside," and Dalton Herring told FOX 31, "it makes everywhere else look bad and they should have somebody to keep it clean. I mean there isn't any sense in people throwing trash on the ground, it's bad for the environment."
Other businesses inspected were Lee County Auto Service, Beneath the Pines Nursery, and C & D Grocery and Tractor who all passed the test.