The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office issued a citation to a St. Bernard man to appear in court for littering near Delacroix Island, and Sheriff James Pohlmann wants to warn others this type of behavior will not be tolerated and could come with a hefty fine.
Tyler Campo, 26, of the 2200 block of Gina Drive in St. Bernard community, was issued the citation for intentional littering after he purposely kicked a crab bait box into the bayou at Delacroix Island, and then boasted about it by posting a video of himself doing so on social media.
According to St. Bernard Parish ordinance, Code Section 11-20, anyone caught littering in the parish can be fined up to $500 and be ordered to do up to eight hours of community service.
The Sheriff’s Office recently partnered with St. Bernard Parish Government to participate in its Trash Bash days, Sheriff Pohlmann said.
Sheriff’s Office deputies and trustees, along with Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents, have been joining forces with Parish Government employees and community volunteers to comb the bayous to pick up trash around Hopedale, Yscloskey, Shell Beach and Delacroix Island.
Sheriff Pohlmann said the recent cleanup efforts have included a lot of man-hours and tremendous progress has been made.
“We take great pride in the efforts being made to clean up along the canal banks in the eastern part of our parish,” the Sheriff said. “We are cleaning up these areas for the people who live there, work there, fish there and visit there, so we do not need anyone, especially locals, sabotaging those efforts.”
According to St. Bernard Parish President Guy McInnis, more than 140 cubic yards of trash have been removed from waterways to date through this initiative, with future clean up days planned.