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What's that smell in some western communities? Palm Beach county leaders puzzled

Posted at 5:08 PM, Mar 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-20 04:07:18-04

People in Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, and Loxahatchee are wondering what the foul stench is they've been smelling the past week or so.

Jean Edwards says the smell has lasted a week and a half.

"Very sour, almost acidic," said Edwards.

She reached out on Facebook to see if others smelled it too. "Across the four major Facebook groups that deal with our area, yes," said Edwards.

Marc Wiskoff smelled it Saturday. "Smelled like garbage," said Wiskoff.

Jean is very concerned, as the smell even caused some health issues for her. "Eyes-burning, headaches, nausea," said Edwards.

She's also worried whatever is causing the odor is impacting the water supply. "It's mystifying," said Edwards.

Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay checked with county staff and did not receive a report of any abnormal activity. But her staff did say it could be illegal horse manure dumping.