Tarpon Springs Board Addresses Property Violations and Compliance

In a recent meeting, the Tarpon Springs Code Enforcement Board addressed several cases of property violations, emphasizing the importance of compliance with city ordinances. The meeting saw resolutions to long-standing issues, including a property on Bayou Avenue that was found in compliance after an extended period of violation due to an ongoing rummage sale. The property owner, Miss Murray, took steps to rectify the situation and expressed intentions to file a trespass order against an individual allegedly storing items on her property without consent. Additionally, the board handled cases involving Airbnb listing errors and erosion issues on a vacant lot, underlining the board’s role in upholding community standards.

The case of 820 Bayou Avenue emerged as a focal point of the meeting. The property had been under scrutiny for a persistent rummage sale, which led to a notice of violation after an initial lack of progress in clearing the property. Upon Miss Murray’s return from abroad, she clarified that some items belonged to Steve Kaufman, who had stored them there without her permission. She detailed her struggles with the individual and her attempts to reclaim her property, including her plan to file a trespass order against Kaufman. The code enforcement officer presented photographic evidence of the property’s progress towards compliance. In response, the board recognized the resolution of the initial violation and advised Murray on the procedure for filing an official trespass order.

The board’s discussion delved into the property owner’s responsibilities and the reasons for the delay in resolving the violation on Bayou Avenue. The board made it clear that finding Murray in violation and then in compliance did not label her as a repeat violator but acknowledged the correction of the issue. They highlighted the need for ongoing maintenance to prevent future violations.

Another case touched upon the reoccurrence of properties being listed as Airbnbs or short-term vacation rentals, which are subject to specific city regulations. The board reviewed an affidavit of compliance from a property owner who had previously addressed a similar issue. The recent re-listing on Airbnb was deemed an error, which the owner swiftly corrected. The board recognized this as a common problem, where Airbnb listings could revert to previous settings with the onset of a new calendar year. The owner’s prompt response was commended, and the affidavit of compliance was accepted without further action required.

Additionally, the board reviewed an affidavit of compliance for a property on Athens Street, which had been a long-running issue since 2008. It was noted that the property had finally been brought into compliance the previous year.

The board also discussed a vacant lot on Lemon Street with erosion issues that had previously been in violation. The owner had taken action to rectify the problems and submitted a request for fine reduction. However, the board encountered confusion regarding the fine amount and decided to separate the issues of compliance and fine reduction. While the affidavit of compliance was accepted, the decision on the fine reduction was tabled until the next meeting to allow the owner to present more detailed information.

They reiterated the significance of adhering to the city’s codes and the responsibilities of property owners in maintaining compliance.

The meeting concluded with routine administrative matters, including the approval of minutes from previous meetings and updates on the status of other code enforcement cases. No further comments or business were raised, leading to the adjournment of the meeting.

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