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* 1. How concerned are you about litter in Marion County?

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* 2. What are the locations in Marion County that litter is a chronic recurring issue (Please specify)

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* 3. In your opinion, what is the primary cause or source of litter in your community?

Current penalties for littering in Marion County

Per Sec. 16-91 of the Marion County Code of Ordinances:

Those who litter are guilty of a noncriminal infraction, punishable by a civil penalty of:

·         $50 for the first violation
·         $250 for the second violation
·         $500 for the third violation

The fourth and all subsequent violations of Marion County’s litter ordinance shall constitute a second-degree misdemeanor and are punishable by:

·         A $500 fine and
·         Up to 10 days’ imprisonment or community service time as prescribed by the Florida Litter Law.

Those who dump litter in an amount exceeding 500 pounds or 100 cubic feet in volume, or in any quantity for commercial material, or a substance deemed hazardous waste by the Florida Statutes, is guilty of a third-degree felony punishable by:

·         Up to 5 years in state prison and
·         A $500 fine and a $5,000 fine.

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* 4. Are the existing penalties for individuals caught littering in Marion County appropriate? (

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* 5. Please rank the reasons below in order of importance to you as to why you don't litter? Please rank 1 (for most important) to 5 (least important):

  1 - most important  2 3 4 5 - least important 
Potential fines/jail time
Harm to wildlife
Reduced water quality 
Diminished appearance in public areas
Cost to taxpayers

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* 6. What is your age group?

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* 7. Where in Marion County do you live?

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