Kopper/Beazer East Superfund Gainesville, Florida Gainesville City Commission Meeting – Alice Alonso

19 Nov

Gainesville City Commission Meeting

November 17, 2011
Citizen Comment
My name is Alicia Alonso and I am a victim of Koppers and of the City of Gainesville.  Last year I lost my non-smoking sister, Maria, to lung cancer.  My husband, myself, and our dog all have cancer.  My husband and my dog are now terminal.  We live a block and a half away from my late sister’s home.  She lived across the street from Koppers.
Last week I received a call from the Gainesville Police Department telling me that they had Maria’s ashes.  They told me that City Codes Enforcement had ordered them to remove my sister’s ashes from her home because it was scheduled for demolition.  I was shocked- I had not been notified of any problems with the property, including anything that would require the drastic measure of demolition.
A couple of weeks earlier, a neighbor said that they saw Codes Enforcement on the property removing the no trespassing sign warning of its contamination.  On the day GPD called, Codes Enforcement had returned and broken into the house with no permission and no notification.  The property is no longer secure since they broke the lock and irresponsibly left the house wide open.  The City’s “compassionate” plan calls for the demolition of the property at any cost, and forcing the survivors to pay for it.
This is not how a city takes care of its already victimized, sick, and dying citizens.  The City of Gainesville claims to be committed to protecting its citizens from the impact of the Cabot-Koppers Superfund Site.  I say your actions prove that this statement is a lie.  My entire family has been repeatedly and mortally wronged.  Instead of helping suffering residents, you are inflicting even more pain and distress on them.
If you want us out of the area so badly, why don’t you just buy our properties.  We will be happy to leave.
Mrs. Alicia Alonso
Resident, Stephen Foster Neighborhood

One Response to “Kopper/Beazer East Superfund Gainesville, Florida Gainesville City Commission Meeting – Alice Alonso”

  1. Juliet Tinckham December 11, 2011 at 1:07 am #

    I am ashamed of our city and county commissions. Something very horrific is happening here in Gainesville, FL, and it needs more attention! Watching the meeting last night on our local television station was appalling. People are literally dying in front of them and the commission couldn’t manage to respond or communicate in a compassionate or intelligent manner. Even logistic questions were brushed aside with vague answers. The real question is “who will take a little responsibility for this corporate contamination and then start helping the innocent Koppers victims. As the climate conference in S. Africa ends, let’s begin by looking in our own backyard (literally) and try to help our dying citizens. If not now, when? If not us, who? These properties are being sold and re-sold to new families with new little children. Wake up. Anyone who is willing, please contact 60 Minutes like I am. This needs national attention. The more people who contact them, the better.

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