Stench near Manatee Springs park causes a stink with residents

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By Mark Scohier

Spring is in the air, though folks living near a farm just outside of Chiefland say it's not the sweet perfume of fresh blooms they've been smelling lately.

"I thought, Jesus, God, somebody's septic tank has overflowed," said Dexter Hughes, a resident living near Manatee Springs State Park, about a recent stench permeating the air last week.

His brother and roommate Carleton Pierce said, "It drifted over here, and it stayed for the longest time. It was quite unpleasant. The first thing I did was look at the bottom of my shoes."

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