Abandoned Cars of the Emerald Triangle
In August the car was still there. In September, several women in the neighborhood pooled their money and paid for it to be towed away. By this time it was covered in graffiti and stickers.
This car was not the only one. Dozens if not hundreds of cars are reported abandoned each year in this county. Some end up torched and volunteer as well as paid fire crews must rush to the scene often in the middle of the night to deal with the toxic mess. Then the burned hulks can sit for weeks before they are removed. Multiple readers have reached out asking us to address this issue.
One reader, Mark Speer, tells us he approached his county supervisor. “I was told that the budget is 40 grand a year and that it gets used up very quickly and then there is no more money….When I asked how the budget was established or how it could be expanded, I was met with silence.”
Speer noted, “There are several cars along Ettersburg Road from the Shelter Cove Junction towards Honeydew, more along Briceland Road from Garberville towards Shelter Cove, more from the Whitethorn Junction toward Whale Gulch and there was one along the roadway in the Giant Redwoods.”
Have you seen these abandoned cars? Before we contact the county on Tuesday, please give us a sense of what exists in your neighborhood. Do you have photos and locations of current abandoned vehicles? Do you have a sense of what having the vehicles sit in your community means? Do you think they attract crime?
The more input we have, the better we’ll be able to reach out to the appropriate county officials and find out what our options are.