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Squatters, homeless camps ravage neighborhood, leaving paid cleaners physically ill: report

A community in Escambia County, Florida, is seeing an increase in squatting activity as homeless people camp on private property with little repercussions, according to witnesses.

“There are so many people going back and forth it’s ridiculous,” Brent resident Gwen Gibson told the Pensacola News Journal. “I’ve been on the phone with code enforcement and the sheriff’s department. There are at least 15 to 20 people constantly walking down my driveway to get to their [camp] to buy drugs, prostitution, whatever they’re doing back there.”

Gibson lives next door to a plot of land owned by the Merrill family, which has been the site of homeless encampments in recent years. The Escambia County magistrate ordered the Merrill family to clean up the tents and trash by April of this year, which was delayed for months until August when local businessman Collier Merrill began removing the debris and forcing some of the campers off the property.

Merrill said he will now remove the squatters “by whatever means,” according to the Pensacola News Journal. He has also posted no-trespassing signs on the property as well as security cameras, but he has not yet called the sheriff’s office to trespass the people, according to the outlet.

Fox News Digital reached out to Collier Merrill, Tim Day, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and Mike Kohler for additional comment, but none replied by time of publication.

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