Nuisance abatement public hearing
The Panama City Beach City Council will hold a public hearing during the Thursday, September 13 City Council meeting on a resolution to recover the clean-up costs on seven overgrown/dilapidated properties in the City. The nuisance abatement costs total $8,854.45.
Most of the properties were overgrown, and the City has paid an outside company to continue to mow the properties. Yard junk was also removed from some of the properties. In one case, a dilapidated trailer had to be demolished and removed from a site.
“Sometimes when the grass is being mowed, we find things, like couches and other furniture out in the yard,” said Code Enforcement Manager James Tindle. “We didn’t know it was there because the grass was so tall.”
Code Enforcement officials notify property owners of violations such as overgrown lots and yards, and owners are given time to correct the violations prior to the City taking further action. Those properties on the abatement list are often the most extreme cases and abatement is taken only after property owners have repeatedly refused to comply. Once the City has the property cleaned up, owners are given a chance to pay the costs. The assessment goes on their tax roles as a last resort.
“We have fronted the money for abatement and this is a mechanism to get reimbursed,” said City Attorney Amy Myers.
Many property owners pay the abatement fees without placement on tax rolls and many also correct their violations without abatement.
City ordinances allow for special assessments for nuisance abatement. The City has been using this process to recover abatement costs for several years.
The properties are located on Manistee Drive, Dogwood Street, El Centro Boulevard, Gulf Boulevard and Wells Street. The cleanup order is Resolution 18-125.
The City Council meets at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Council Chambers at the City Hall Annex at the intersection of State Road 79 and Panama City Beach Parkway. A 4 p.m. Utility Fund Budget Workshop will precede the meeting. If you are unable to attend the meeting, you may watch it live on the City's Facebook page: City of Panama City Beach-Government.
Public Information Officer Debbie Ward can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (850) 233-5100.