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Restaurant's dumpster causing concern for resident

Posted at 7:52 PM, Jan 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 21:05:29-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Horseflies taking over your backyard.

Not to mention the smell of sewage.

Who wants to barbecue in those conditions? Not local resident Ruby Gonzales.

She said the stench, and the trash, have to go, and said a nearby restaurant is to blame.

"I'm spending a fortune getting rid of the rodents," Gonzales said. "There's possums. There's rats. There's mice. There's cats. There's birds. You name it, it's in that trash can."

The dumpster has a wooden fence around it and sits about 50 yards behind the Taqueria Jalisco on Kostoryz Road. The dumpster also sits directly behind Gonzales' backyard.

She said this issue has been going on far too long.

"When you drive through there, the sewage is so bad, and the horseflies," she said. "You just want to puke."

Over the past five years, Gonzales said the issues behind her home on Hitching Post Lane have gotten worse.

"When I bought this house 31 years ago," she said. "There was nothing but grass, weeds behind my house."

The restaurant opened about 12 years ago. She said she can no longer enjoy her backyard or grill outside.

"It stinks 90 percent of the time," she said. "You barbecue and come back inside real quick because the horseflies are just overwhelming."

She said throughout the years she has reached out to city officials, but nothing's really been done.

Miguel Leon, owner of the Jalisco, said they are under new ownership and are making changes.

"We were not aware of the situation, but we will try to do the most we can to keep our community content," Leon said. "As far as overfill of our trash bin, there has been a numerous amount of locals dumping trash in our bin which makes it hard for us to maintain."

City officials said Solid Waste Code Enforcement went out to Gonzales' home this afternoon to take pictures.

They say the smell is not from sewage, but from the grease trap next to the dumpster.

They're also looking to find out who is responsible for the trash between the dumpster and Gonzales' fence.