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    West Dania Beach Boulevard dead-ends at a weedy canal, making for a perfect out-of-the-way dumping ground. Even after the rest of the town's fertile tomato fields turned into working-class neighborhoods over the years, the plot housed little more than trees, trash, and dirt.

    But between 2002 and 2004, when the ground was cleared for the construction of warehouses, whatever was buried in the soil was stirred up.

    For years, the place had been an illegal dumpsite, where businesses and private citizens deposited worn-out tires, unwanted furniture, old refrigerators, fuel tanks, even asbestos shingles.

    And worse. Or so say neighbors and workers who became sick when a developer started clearing out the site and stirred up a toxic blend of soil and chemicals.

    Until bulldozing and digging commenced on the site in 2002, residents didn't think much about the vacant land. Afterward, it became the primary suspect responsible for a host of health problems.

    "We would see dead animals out there," says Debra Wallace, who lived directly across the street. Her two dogs would run through the dirty lot and come back vomiting, she says. She and her four children started noticing the same symptoms: burning, watery eyes, nosebleeds, vomiting. "But we didn't make a connection," she says.

    Whenever it got hot and dry, dust blew down the streets. During heavy thunderstorms, muddy rivers streamed from the site.

    Wallace discovered that some neighbors had been experiencing similar symptoms: respiratory ailments and skin rashes. She and neighbor Lueron Dixon started making phone calls. Former Mayor and then-City Commissioner Robert Chunn met with residents at the end of West Dania Beach Boulevard, an area known as Camp Blanding.

    Chunn got the message firsthand. "My head started hurting," he recalls. "I felt all nauseous, couldn't breathe."

    By then, Dixon had consulted an attorney. When he met with her at her home across the street from the construction site, he also became ill. "Dust was blowing over here like Desert Storm," Dixon says. Wallace wrote letters to the city, explaining the problem and asking for help. "I knew something was seriously wrong," Wallace says, "and I knew it wasn't just my family."

    She eventually became so ill that she had to be hospitalized. When her daughter took her to the emergency room in early 2004, doctors first thought it was a heart attack. "I almost died," she says. She managed to move her family to another neighborhood, but she was too sick to clean the apartment so she could get her deposit back; she paid a friend to do it. "And she got sick," Wallace explains, "and couldn't even finish."

    The parcel of land had been vacant for as long as anyone can remember. County aerial maps show that the area was once a rock pit. According to county records, in the summer of 1980, the parcel was transferred from the City of Dania Beach and Broward County to Lena and Paul Piccirillo, who let the land sit idle. Then, in 2001, the couple sold the land to Dania Distribution Centre Inc., which intended to turn it into a warehouse complex.

    Robert Clifford Scott's engineering firm had been contracted in 2002 by Dania Distribution Centre's owner, Lauris Boulanger, to lay down the basic infrastructure for the warehouse site — water, sewage, drainage, filling in of the land — which meant he and his crew were digging in the contaminated soil.

    "We asked for an engineer's report [from the property owner]," Scott says, "which they gave us — saying there was no pollution there." A call to Boulanger was not returned.

    Scott and his crew excavated tons of garbage from the soil; the deeper they dug, the worse they felt.

    "My men kept getting skin lesions, breathing problems, bloody noses. But we didn't correlate it to the job site," says Scott, who was also struck with nosebleeds he couldn't explain. Three years later, he suffers from "lesions on my stomach and groin and tumors in my abdomen that had to be surgically removed."

    An 18-year-old employee, Rodolfo Ramos, the smallest guy on the crew, was elected to lay pipe down in the trenches.

    "He's blind now," says Reggie Clyne, an attorney representing Wallace, Dixon, Scott, and 29 others in a suit against the property owner. "He was diving in the muck, swimming in it, basically."

    The suit names Canadian developer Lauris Boulanger and the Dania Distribution Centre he built. "We know for a fact that they knew there were environmental problems on that site," Clyne alleges. "And that they did their construction in such a way that it caused an entire neighborhood to get sick."

    When Scott's men told him that water in the trenches was causing skin irritation, he had it tested independently. He says diesel fuel was detected. "I sent those results in a letter to the general contractor, and he got pissed off at me for putting it in writing."

    Scott's still miffed that the Boulangers were often late with paychecks and that they never paid him for keeping the site watered down to keep off-site migration to a minimum. "We did it because we saw that we were dusting the people who lived around there," he says.

    "The black families were complaining the whole time we were out there, but it never reached our ears," Scott continues. It wasn't until he noticed a story in the Dania Press that he discovered others were affected. He remembers the initial response from Dania Beach officials: "They just figured they were a bunch of whining blacks looking to get something for nothing. But that's not the case. Those people actually suffered."







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    ................BIA.AOC.MF.666................


    ...RIP WASTER12... Family Forever
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    love ya too geebus

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    eyes!
    world peace is for faggots.

    www.myspace.com/dierpsi

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    yea i saw that of the homie on a news site

    http://www.torontoist.com/archives/2006/07..._36_mccowan.php
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    i like the way the photo was taken
    world peace is for faggots.

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    <_<
    ''Justify this rage that's roaming over
    Empty all your world, empty out your soul
    To sacrifice it all for the sake of others
    And no one gives a fuck that my life is over''

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    reppin SEK

    http://www.myspace.com/klipa1

    todays mighty oak is yesterdays acorn that held its ground.

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    Wavy Gravy

    Neal Cassady

    Some smelly douche

    Can&#39;t fly without em

    Acid Test Bus aka Further

    The Beatnik Gurus



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    CIA caught red handed
    The patron saint of mediocrity.

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    Originally posted by klipa@Jul 19 2006, 05:01 PM
    you forgot the a in cocaine at the bottom.....this is of coarse if you did it


    "You are a fat toy who's moms a whore." -LACAN

    sixthreezero

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    bought this poster the other day

    this shit&#39;s funny to me
    ''Justify this rage that's roaming over
    Empty all your world, empty out your soul
    To sacrifice it all for the sake of others
    And no one gives a fuck that my life is over''

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    thats fucking hilarious



    no sarcasm here either man, i seriuosly just laughed my face off


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    Originally posted by mhc@Jul 19 2006, 04:42 PM
    nice&#33;&#33;&#33;

    and salvo... that post was ILL
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    Originally posted by NESONESONESO@Jul 17 2006, 12:40 AM




    from parts unknown&#33;

    bump, cause if you dont like this show, you must like men
    jadesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

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    all i did yesterday was get high as shit with my cousin and talk about TPB


    he lived in "the MTL" for a couple years and fell in love with the show



 

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