Strong stench concerns Clermont residents

Strong stench concerns Clermont residents

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CLERMONT, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Some residents in south Lake County woke up to a strong odor Thursday morning.

"It's like something was dead. It was a very strong smell," Thelma Delciuc said.

"It was next to the neighborhood," said Delciuc's young son, Brandon.

Just a short drive away from the intersection of U.S. 27 and Hartwood Marsh Road, near Lake Louisa State Park, are groves of Florida's best: oranges.

According to the City of Clermont's Environmental Services department, they are undergoing a round of fertilizer treatments.

A few worried residents called the city.

"I was worried about it. I was thinking, 'What is that strong smell? That's weird," Delciuc said.

According to the city director of Environmental Services, the fertilizer being used is registered with the Department of Agriculture and produced at Shelley's Environmental Systems in Zellwood.

"We do our best to make sure that doesn't happen. We want to work with our neighbors. We've decided to stop fertilizing for now," said Jay Andrews of Shelley's facility.

Andrews said it's the first time this fertilizer has been used in those orange groves, and the lack of rain is probably the bigger issue. When the land is dry, the fertilizer doesn't seep in.

"It was strong, very strong," Delciuc said of the odor.

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