Lakeland residents and visitors are encouraged to respect public and private property. With the arrival of Spring, I have received a disturbing number of calls from residents on the following actions that show gross disrespect for private and public property. I know the vast majority of Lakeland residents and visitors are appalled by such actions. I hope to call attention to this problem so the few violators will be reported.
-I was advised a golfer saw a resident removing dirt from the Stonebridge Golf Course and moving it to their own property! The Stonebridge Golf Course is privately owned and their rules and regulations on trespassing should be respected. This includes walking the golf paths etc. without permission, dumping leaves, grass clippings and yard debris on the golf course, which I have personally observed and stealing (yes it is theft) dirt, plants and flowers from the golf course.
-City parks are for public use during open hours. Flowers, plants and trees are for public enjoyment and removal of items is theft!
-Private and public property has been severely damaged by trespassers with dirt bikes and 4 wheeler type vehicles. In addition to the damage to property, it is also disturbing that such persons also appear to have a completely ignore the rights of residents to have a peaceful environment. Such off-road vehicles are always prohibited on all public property, streets and roads and is prohibited on private property without the express consent of the property owner.
-Illegal dumping of yard waste and junk items is becoming a serious issue. Dumping on City Streets, parks, other private property (such as the Stonebridge Golf Course, roadsides, vacant property etc) is illegal!
Yes, the Shelby County Sheriff will be contacted in such cases and they may issue citations and even have the authority to confiscate the equipment under some conditions. However, it would be much better if residents (and visitors to Lakeland) respect public and private property and other residents.
I have received a number of calls, e-mails or personal conversations on this problem just in the past week. I am disturbed that there appears to be such disrespect for the rights of others. I encourage all residents to respect public and private property and the rights of residents to enjoy their homes. If you notice such violations, I encourage you to contact the Shelby County Sheriff immediately at 379-7625.
I am reminded of the title of a song “What was I thinking”, except I have to think “What are they thinking?” when someone actually steals a plant or dirt etc., dumps trash or grossly trespasses on public or private property.