Application deadline for Bay County's Private Property Debris Removal Program approaches

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Bay County Code Enforcement says they have identified 1,100 properties with storm debris which is hazardous to the community.

Bay County Code Enforcement are warning property owners to get rid of their hazardous Hurricane-related debris before they begin cracking down. (WJHG/WECP)

"The ones I'm most concerned about there's been no progress whatsoever. There are still trees hanging down on the roof into the property," said Kathi Ashman of Bay County Code Enforcement.

Property owners still have time to clean it up.

"The county is not taking any official actions on properties until October 11," said Ashman. "Allowing property owners a year before we take any type of official action on the property."

Still, that time is almost up, which is why Bay County Code Enforcement wants property owners with storm debris to apply for the private property debris removal program before it ends Friday.

"We want to assist them with getting it cleaned up," said Ashman.

Ashman said around 850 people have applied for the program since April, and 174 of them have been submitted to FEMA for approval. She said at least 200 additional people still haven't applied.

"Our focus is going to be on the individuals that have not applied. That we haven't heard from and applied," said Ashman.

Ashman said if you're waiting on insurance, contractors or other services to help clear debris, apply anyway. This lets Code Enforcement know you're working on it, and they still may find ways to help you.

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