Locals upset over Valdosta spills

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

Concerned citizens in the Tri-County Area are asking for a boycott of Valdosta, Ga., following a recent sewage spill that is just one of many since 2009.
"They should have fixed it the first time, and if not the first time, then the second time," said Levy County resident Natasha Allen Monday in a phone interview. "I want them to feel it in their pocket book," she said, adding that she hopes people traveling through Valdosta will avoid stopping there for gas or food.
About a year ago, Allen started a Facebook group called Friends of the Suwannee River, which now has 625 members and acts as a way for people to stay informed about issues involving the Suwannee — especially the ongoing sewage spills from Valdosta into the Withlacoochee River, which winds down into the Suwannee. The group is asking that people boycott the city until the problem is fixed.
Valdosta Mayor John Gayle said Tuesday he's not happy about any talks of a boycott.
"We certainly don't want that to happen," he said. "We appreciate the fact that we're a hub, and we benefit from that."

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