FORT WORTH — Marisela Munos walks her kids by the remains of a recently removed trash heap on Comanche Street in in southeast Fort Worth. Someone has already started a new one on the abandoned lot — including the discarded body of an emaciated pit bull.
"People don't understand," Munos said. "This is our home and environment. It's sad. It's really sad."
Munos has a nicely-kept house next to the problem lot. She says city workers have picked up the mess before. And she hopes the big Super Bowl clean-up effort she's heard about doesn't pass her by.
So does her neighbor.
"Just come right on," said Sharon Nelms. "If you want to clean up, come right on. I'll take any free help."
Super Bowl visitors won't have a lot of reasons to be in neighborhoods away from the stadium, hotels and entertainment districts. But city officials say the event is an excuse to keep every place looking as good as possible.
"This is an opportunity to put our game face on," said the city's code compliance director Brandon Bennett.
In that spirit, Fort Worth code compliance just sent out a letter reminding residents they risk getting charged if they put out bulk waste next week, including large items like fence panels, carpet, furniture and fixtures.
Super Bowl week just happens to fall on one of very few weeks when there is no scheduled bulk pick-up, and more than ever, code enforcement will be on the lookout for violators.
"Because of everything going on in Fort Worth for Super Bowl, we will be very attentive to stuff put out out of cycle, and make sure it gets picked up right away," Bennett said.
He said the letter is not meant as a warning to residents — just a notice to head off any messy and costly confusion.