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Date of Issue: October 26, 2006

Holmes Beach board acts against code violators

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Roman Garcia, with Valcourt Building Services of Florida LLC of Bradenton, reaches his paint roller to a high spot on Holmes Beach City Hall on Oct. 16. Garcia said he expected the work, which involves a blue-and-white color scheme, to be completed sometime this week. Work on Sunday drew a few complaints to The Islander office by folks who complained the city should follow its own contractor rules. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

The Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Board took action Oct. 19 seeking to correct electrical problems at one property and to further prevent an abandoned vehicle problem at another.

The board, during an hour-long meeting at city hall, voted unanimously in both cases.

In the first matter, the board heard from city officials about unpermitted work complaints at 5400 Gulf Drive, Unit 16, a rented condominium owned by David H. and Betty Wieland, of Grand Rapids, Mich.

Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Officer Nancy Hall presented testimony and evidence showing that some renovation work in the condo occurred without a valid permit and resulted in electrical problems in the kitchen.

Hall also testified that the property owners, who did not send a representative to the hearing, had months to correct the matter.

Board members agreed and gave the Wielands a Nov. 8 deadline to comply with permit requirements and correct the electrical problems or face a $250-per-day fine.

"It appears that the violations are there," said Chuck Stealey, board chairman. "In my opinion, they've had plenty of time to do something about it."

In the second case, the board heard from city officials about an abandoned vehicle on Key Royale Drive at a residence owned by Edward S. North.

Initially complaints involved several abandoned vehicles and an overgrown yard littered with debris.

But a cleanup followed a city inspection and the issue before the board last week was solely the status of a gray Mazda truck without current tags that North said he planned to donate to Goodwill.

After a city inspection, the truck was moved from the property, then returned, then moved again. The morning of the hearing, the Mazda had been removed.

"The vehicle keeps appearing and disappearing on me," Hall said.

The board, on a motion by Barbara Hines, agreed that the truck had been on the site longer than 72 hours and in violation of city code. The vote put the violation on record, so if the truck returned it could be cited as a second violation.

North didn't attend the hearing.