Mayor Alfrey: City of Melbourne will not become a San Francisco under my watch
WATCH: Illegal encampments being removed by the City of Melbourne led by Mayor Paul Alfrey, the police department and the city staff. Human waste, trash and other items have flowing into the lagoon which is now being stopped by the authorities.
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Melbourne Mayor Paul Alfrey and City of Melbourne officials are receiving positive praise by many local residents after removing illegal encampments this week by homeless individuals.
Due to the cleanup effort needed, two northbound lanes on US-1 have also been shutdown for dump trucks, HAZMAT teams and heavy equipment needed to clean out the area.
“Over the past few days our City staff and Police have been very active preparing for this cleanup. I want to thank everyone who is assisting us in this effort to clean up our City. Trespassing signs will remain and enforcement will continue.”
“As your Mayor, I am committed and will remain proactive in the clean up of our City and the removal of other encampments that threaten our Indian River Lagoon.”
Mayor Alfrey made it clear that assistance has been made available to the homeless individuals but so far they have refused the assistance.
“Many comments that I have seen from residents are did you offer services for the impacted homeless? The answer is “yes” and the assistance offer was refused.
As Mayor, the City of Melbourne will not become a San Francisco under my watch and we will be proactive in cleaning up our beautiful City.”
*Following Images by Casey Gulick and Andrew Pappas