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Date of Issue: February 22, 2007

Kennel brought into compliance

A Holmes Beach property owner met the Feb. 14 deadline the city code enforcement board imposed for the elimination of nuisances.

The board Feb. 15 at Holmes Beach City Hall heard that its conditions for improvements had been met at the home in the 500 block of 75th Street.

During its Jan. 18 meeting, the board had ruled that property owner Mohamad Waliagha’s dog kennel created a nuisance and was built without a permit.

Holmes Beach code enforcement officer Nancy Hall identified several basic problems at the property for the board to review.

First, she said, a covered dog pen met the city’s definition of a building, but Waliagha lacked a building permit.

Second, she said, a blue tarp on the roof created a nuisance that impacted a neighbor’s property.

Third, Hall said, the odor of dog urine and feces also created a nuisance.

Waliagha had testified that the pen was created when the home was built 10 years ago. But he agreed to remove the roof and tarp on the pen and said he would be more vigilant about keeping the area odor-free.

The board gave Waliagha until Feb. 14 to correct the violations at the home.

Hall said Waliagha applied for a permit on Jan. 18, and city staff inspecting the property Feb. 13 determined Waliagha in compliance with city code.

"This case is closed," Hall said during the meeting last week, which lasted less than 15 minutes.

The code enforcement board regularly meets on the third Thursday of each month at city hall, although no meeting is scheduled for March.

At its April 19 meeting, the board will elect officers.