Judge Sides With Bay County In Code Enforcement Dispute

PANAMA CITY BEACH - A Panama City Beach man could face jail time if he violates a court order granting Bay County code enforcement officials to clean up his front yard.

Gary Wayne Beck is known for speaking up at every Bay County commission meeting that he attends. He has violated property codes several times.

Off Beech Street near Thomas Drive sits Gary Wayne Beck's house. Beck is known for going to every Bay County commission meeting and his unusual behavior there.

His front yard is filled with signs and debris that some say isn't wanted in the neighborhood.

"This type of close community, you can't let the house get so junked up. It's just ridiculous," said Maria Ottinger, a property manager

Others say it's become amusing for them to watch.

"It's really kind of generated a parade of traffic now and then. You know, you may go down the street and see a couple cars stopped reading all the signs," said Rob Starke, a neighbor.

Beck's numerous county code violations landed him in court Wednesday afternoon. In August, his yard was cleaned up by the county, but he put up more signs soon after that.

Beck argued his constitutional rights are being violated.

"Is not coming on a man's property and taking all his stuff and making the determination his debris, not reason enough to protest?," said Gary Beck.

County officials asked for both a temporary and permanent injunction to clean up Beck's home and also to prevent him from violating property codes in the future.

Beck believes that's not necessary. Circuit Judge James Fensom ended up siding with the county.

County code enforcement officials say Beck's property receives about ten complaints a week about its condition.

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