Plans for shrimp farm on East Side fizzle
By JOHN W. GOODWIN JR.
What started as a small attempt at raising small tasty treats has turned into an area filled with big holes in the earth and a large pain in the neck for one nearby property owner.
In 2009 area entrepreneur Ron Eiselstein bought 25 acres of land on the East Side in an area commonly known as the Sharon Line and dug up large ponds. Eiselstein put 3,000 juvenile shrimp, each about a little less than 1.2inches long in the pond he created.
Today those ponds and land surrounding the ponds, on a parcel just off of Karl Street, appear to be a vacant mess. High grass and weeds have grown across the land with occasional mounds of dirt where the earth has been moved.
Some earth-moving equipment on the land and craters still hold water, where the shrimp would have been raised if any of the shrimp were left.
The ponds ranged from 4 to 6 feet deep when they were first created in 2009. There is still water in the main pond at the center of the property. There are no trespassing signs posted, and the city has installed plastic temporary fencing, but Patricia Cobbin, a neighboring land owner, said that is not enough to insure the safety of children and others in the area.
Cobbin has been after Eiselstein and the city to either fill in the earth holes on the property or install a fence since Eiselstein came up with the idea to grow shrimp on the property.
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