JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Three years ago when Ceila Lester purchased her home on Silversmith Creek she enjoyed kayaking on the waterway. But these days she doesn't.
"I can't take a kayak out because I might not make it back home before the tide changes," she said.
Lester has pictures from 2009 of a clear pile of dirt in the middle of the creek. It is still there.
Lester said the dirt came from a drainage improvement project or septic tank phase-out project on Oakwood Drive.
"They had a water main break and when that water main broke, it washed that all here," said Lester.
Since 2009, Lester and several of her neighbors have had meetings with JEA staffers but nothing has happened.
Refusing to give up, they submitted a petition to the utility company in April asking that the creek be restored.