Pinellas home finally gets a helping hand with cleanup

Pinellas County, FL (WFLA) – A Pinellas County home that’s been a neighborhood nightmare for years is finally getting cleaned up. People who live near the home at 98-th Street have complained to police, the sheriff’s office and code enforcement.codehouse2

“We tried every agency, we tried the police department, code enforcement, we made numerous complaints and nobody would do nothing about it,” said neighbor Mike Guarinio.

Pinellas County Code Enforcement officers have fined the homeowner a staggering $2,500,000 for violations dating back to 2006. Neighbors called WFLA TV and their Eight on Your Side unit for help.
WFLA Contacted the son of the property owner and code enforcement officials and were able to work out a solution to clean up the trash on the property.

WFLA Reporter Jeff Patterson helping out with the cleanup.
WFLA Reporter Jeff Patterson helping out with the cleanup.

Code Enforcement Director Todd Myers worked to have a large trash dumpster delivered to the property. Kenny Bilbrey, who is the son of the original owner worked with his family and friends and completely filled the dumpster within a few hours.

“It means everything in the world. I mean this was my mothers place and it’s finally getting cleaned up. Thank you Channel 8,” said Bilbrey. There is still more trash on the property. Myers says he will have the first dumpster removed and an empty one delivered.

People in the neighborhood are just thankful something is now being done to clean up the property. “This is great. We didn’t get no help until you came into the picture. Now that you’ve come in and started your investigation, it’s been great,” said Guarinio. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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