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What's Bugging You? Eau Gallie Litter

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BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

The Eau Gallie Causeway spans the Indian River in Brevard County, allowing drivers to get from Melbourne to Indian Harbour Beach. But the roadway isn't just for cars and trucks. It's also a popular place for pedestrians.

"Beautiful weather and scenery," Kathy describes the causeway to FOX 35.

"The people are pretty friendly," says Chad. "Everyone says hello."

"It's good exercise," says Holly. "Nice view."

But that nice view is tarnished ... by litter bugs

"There's lots of trash," Holly says. "There are empty bottles and trash and stuff down the stairs."

Holly walks over the causeway two or three times a week and says fishermen, drivers and other people who use the bridge often leave their garbage behind.

"I always think I should go back and clean it up," Holly says.

We found out FDOT maintains the causeway, so we asked them if they're doing anything to clean up the mess. A spokesperson told us they hire crews to pick up litter in the green areas about once a month, sometimes more if needed.
And the road is swept about six times a year.

Inmate crews are also sent out periodically to help clean up. Over the last 8 years inmates stuffed two million pounds of trash into bags along Brevard County roadways.

The sheriff's office is also cracking down, handing out $100 fines to those caught in the act.

And walkers like Chad try to do their part.

"If I'm close to a barrel, I'll pick it up myself," says Chad. "No one likes to see it."

To report a litterbug, call Keep Brevard Beautiful's litter hotline at (321) 537-6801. If you have something that's bugging you, log on to Fox 35's Facebook page and let us know. We'll try to get you answers.

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