Clearwater holds cleanup day to help residents with nuisance properties

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CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) — Clearwater officials are clamping down on nuisance properties, not up to code. On Friday, police and code enforcement officers reached out to residents who may need help cleaning up.

One of those residents is Bobby Palmer. He’s not sure what to do about the tree hanging over, in his back yard. “I’m new in town and I’d like to have some clean living area, living space and this is out of control,” said Palmer.

Even though it’s not his tree, he’s still responsible for the overgrown limbs, that have destroyed his fence. It’s a city violation.

Code enforcement officers let him know this could have been a potential fine, but instead, they informed him. “I’m glad they’re coming around because I like to clean this mess up actually. This is not my mess,” said Palmer.

“They get a little taken back when I come onto the property and say hey we kind of need to fix some things,” said code enforcement officer Daniel Knight, with the City of Clearwater.

Code enforcement, police and solid waste staff went through the Lake Bellevue neighborhood to make residents aware of any nuisances.
A cleanup effort was organized by city staff to help those who have been fined in the past.

Knight said, “Sometimes they don’t want to do anything, so our job as code enforcers are to try and help the tenant and the rest of the community to beautify.”

Some tenants weren’t happy with code enforcement suggestions. But residents like Palmer are ready for change.

“We’re trying to get our house established and be clean and neat and there are some properties around this area that need to be cleaned up,” said Palmer.

Code enforcement said those who were notified of issues, will get several weeks to resolve them, before they start citing.

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