WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (October 11, 2019) -- The City of West Palm Beach and the West Palm Beach Police Department announce the arrests of Thomas Fucarile and Lavoris Grisby for acts of illegal dumping. Both Grisby and Fucarile face multiple counts of dumping human waste, after they were observed dumping raw sewage from a commercial tanker truck. Their actions DID NOT adversely impact the City’s water supply. Fucarile and Grisby have been transported to the Palm Beach County Jail.
The arrests were made as a part of Mayor Keith A. James ‘Neighborhoods First: Operation Clean Streets’ initiative. Announced Monday, the initiative curbs illegal dumping in our neighborhoods through education, enforcement and prevention.
***MEDIA: A probable cause affidavit is attached to this press release. To view Mayor’s Monday press conference announcing Operations Clean Streets, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NIdwxoWkWs.***
Operation Clean Streets aims to improve the quality of life for West Palm Beach residents by eliminating environmental hazards and waste that have been illegally disposed. When disposed unproperly, these items may include landscaping and construction debris, household materials (sofas, mattresses and old furniture), and abandoned vehicles.
As a part of Operation Clean Streets, the City has created a dedicated illegal dumping task force made up of environmental compliance, City code enforcement, and local, county and state law enforcement professionals. The task force will work to:
• Aggressively enforce illegal dumping laws;
• Identify, tag and remove abandoned vehicles from City streets;
• Prosecute violators.
“Operation Clean Streets is one of the ways we are working to put our neighborhoods first,” said Mayor James. “Operation Clean Streets aims to improve the quality of life for residents residing in all parts of our city. Residents will see results over time. If anyone is going to illegally dump in our city, we’re going after them, and we’ll hold them accountable. Illegal dumping will not be tolerated in the City of West Palm Beach.”
The City invites residents and business owners to participate in Operation Clean Streets. Individuals reporting acts of illegal dumping may be eligible for a $100 reward. To report incidents of illegal dumping that have already occurred, residents are asked to call (561) 822-2222. To report incidents of illegal dumping in progress, please call 911 or West Palm Beach Police Officer Momirovich at (561) 822-1900. Tipsters who provide a photo/video of the vehicle, its tag, and the person dumping may be eligible for the reward. The tipster must provide their name and phone number to claim the reward. This information will be kept confidential.
“Through Operation Clean Streets, we are working to protect West Palm Beach property owners and residents,” said Tiffany L. David, AICP, Director of the Neighborhoods First Initiative. “Whether it’s illegally dumped landscaping debris or abandoned cars parked in front of their homes, illegal dumping is a concern shared by many of our residents. We are actively working to address it.”
In keeping with his vision of a city that prioritizes neighborhoods, Mayor James launched the Neighborhoods First Initiative and named Tiffany L. David, AICP as its Director in June. In this role, Ms. David oversees the initiative and communicates the concerns of residents, community groups, and local businesses in the City. She also develops and maintains a response program that receives and tracks various internal and external community concerns and requests in the City, identifies appropriate City resources, and develops methods to improve community relations and customer service. To contact Ms. David, please call (561) 822-1200 (TTY: 800-955-8771).
For information on how to properly dispose of waste and debris, please contact the City’s Department of Public Works Sanitation Division at (561) 822-2075 (TTY: 800-955-8771) or visit: https://wpb.org/Departments/Public-Works/Sanitation.
To learn more about the City of West Palm Beach, please visit: wpb.org. To contact the City of West Palm Beach, please call (561) 822-1200 (TTY: 800-955-8771).
Probable Cause Affidavit***