County officials seek permanent solution for backyard tent community residents

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - You may have heard of Bay County's backyard tent community. Now county officials are asking some tough questions about its long-term sustainability.

In a letter, Bay County officials are hoping to open a dialogue with a local tent community property owner about its long-term sustainability (WJHG/WECP)

Bay County Assistant County Manager Joel Schubert said the county has sent a letter following several complaints about the property over the past few months.

He said the county has not enforced any code rules since the hurricane unless there is a severe health or safety hazard, but that will change in October.

The county said Shelly Summers, who owns the tent community property, will need to evaluate more permanent housing options for its tenants.

Schubert said the county wants to ensure the full menu of solutions is being offered to its tenants.

"This is a little more complex than the typical code enforcement calls or the violations we do get phoned in about, but we're gonna have to work with them to figure that out. It's not a long term solution. It doesn't comport to the density, the land, and the zoning requirements. But again, we're not looking to vacate these survivors from it but we are looking to continue the dialogue," said Schubert.

For the full story and to hear from the tent community property owner, be sure to check back Tuesday evening.

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