PINELLAS COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – The people who live near the home at 9561 98-th Street in Pinellas County says the situation has grown out of control with weeds, trash and other problems. The home has been assessed a staggering $2,500,000 in fines for code violations dating back to 2006.
“We’ve been out there multiple times on an doff over the years. They make progress and clean up and then they slide back again,” said Pinellas County Code Enforcement Director Todd Myers. There are numerous problems with the property that have resulted in the fines adding up.
“The ongoing problems we have out there are inoperative vehicles, trash and debris on the property and the condition of the structures. They lack your basic maintenance,” said Myers. Fixing all of them will not be easy. “They need to remove all of the trash from the property, mow the lawn, clean it up, get all of the vehicles either properly tagged and in operable condition or remove them from the property. They need to make basic repairs to the property, replace rotting wood and paint,” said Myers.
Neighbors also complain about crime in the area and they say they’ve been complaining about it so much that some county agencies have told them to stop calling. “We’re trying to find other ways to handle this matter, as the legal owner is deceased and the property would need to go through probate at this point in time,” said Myers.
Kenneth Bilbrey has identified himself as the son of the owner who passed away recently. Bilbrey says he wants to clean up but has been limited in what he can do. ” I do the best I can do around there. I clean and clean and clean and the neighbors keep dumping trash. People from the junk yard come down there and dump stuff in the road,” said Bilbrey.
The County says they are willing to work with Bilbrey and others to clean things up, and will work to make sure the property comes into compliance.