Locals share concerns about Bay County property code deadline

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Bay County set October 1st as the deadline for locals to get their property up to code following damage caused by Hurricane Michael but some say that's easier said than done and worry if they'll have enough time.

"You have to pull permits, you have to wait on insurance, you have to wait on SBA or FEMA," said Bay County resident Terry Barton.

Many are taking time off from work just to get things cleaned up.

"There's not enough people to help you clean up so you're pretty much on your own," said Bay County resident John Mondini.

Tuesday, Bay County set a deadline for locals to have their properties up to code.

"The time is running short and you should have at least a year." said Mondini.

Many say recovering from the storm may take longer.

"That's been the biggest frustration for me is to just go through the government loopholes to get those things done on my property."

Barton said the storm also damaged his home.

"A large oak tree fell into it and basically crushed the middle of it, then after because it took so long to get the tree off of it, my home was just filled with mold," said Barton.

Code Enforcement deemed Barton's home unlivable. Now Barton is working on buying a new home and tearing down the old one.

"The only thing we've been able to do where I live is basically do the clean up you can and put by the road and that's been another frustration because it sits there for months at a time collecting flies, collecting rodents," said Barton.

Barton said working with Bay County Code Enforcement hasn't been difficult and they've set a time frame for him to remove the debris.