Crews preparing to use controversial pesticide at popular golf course

Posted at 6:29 AM, May 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-09 06:52:36-04

Crews are preparing to use a controversial pesticide at one of Tampa’s oldest golf courses and neighbors aren’t happy.

The popular Babe Zaharias Golf Course will be completely shut down for 24 hours on Tuesday. Warning signs have gone up reading: "Danger area under fumigation. Do not enter."

Starting at 7 a.m. crews will use the pesticide known as Curfew.

The pesticide kills tiny worms that leave bare spots on golf courses.

This pesticide can cause cancer and only certified technicians can apply it.

The whole spraying process takes three hours but the course will be shut down for 24 hours. They plan to reopen at 12 p.m. on Wednesday.

Neighbors began protesting the TSA's decision back in April.

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“I see no reason whatsoever for the TSA to put lives at risk for green grass It's never been an issue, I'm not worried about my health or anything like that,” said neighbor Debra McCormack.

ABC Action News received an emailed statement from TSA:

"Curfew, a registered product approved for use throughout the State of Florida by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will be applied by a certified applicator at Babe Zaharias Golf Course on May 9, 2017.”

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