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YOU ASK. WE INVESTIGATE. Tent city cleaned up, but problem remains

Posted at 11:36 PM, Apr 24, 2017
Neighbors are thankful the county has cleaned up the vacant lot that used to be home to the Key Largo Hotel and Casino, but they say the problem is just moving to another area.
Brenda Goolsby says she now feels safe walking her dogs along Flamingo Road near Paradise Road, but she is still cautious.
"It is safer, not just for me, but other people that walk that street," Goolsby said.
Clark County sent homeless outreach crews to the site along with police to get the homeless off the site.
A spokesperson for the county said the property owner is cooperating and hired a contractor to clean up the property as well.
But when 13 Action News went back to the property, there was a small group of homeless next door.
"I heard it from a friend right after I sent you a thank you for it being cleaned up," Goolsby said.
Some in the group said they had been among those kicked off the Key Largo property.
One woman said she talked with the homeless outreach group, but was not eligible for housing yet.
She went on to say that she had moved to five different locations since the Key Largo site, saying she had nowhere else to go. 
Goolsby said she wants to make sure the situation doesn’t get out of hand, and hopes there is more that can be done for the group.
"I'm just concerned because it is not getting better.  It is getting worse," Goolsby said.
The group currently living just off the property said they are doing what they can to keep the area clean and they realize they will likely be run off that site as well.