Code enforcement crackdown

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - While some progress has been made, many unincorporated Bay County property owners have more to do when it comes to Hurricane Michael clean-up.

Now that the October deadline has passed, Bay County Code Enforcement will be handing out notices of violations to property owners who've neglected their homes. (WJHG/WECP)

Bay County Code Enforcement set an October 11th deadline for properties to be in compliance a year after Hurricane Michael. Since then, of the 1,500 cases the county was evaluating, 500 have been closed while 1,000 remain open.

Of those 1,000 still open, 300 could possibly face a code enforcement hearing if nothing is done with their property.

Bay County Code Enforcement Manager Kathi Ashman said, "We have a priority list that the commissioners set years ago. Your unsafe, unfit structures are a higher priority, so they are priority one. Your blighted properties are priority two."

Ashman says code enforcement's goal is not to take official action but to work with property owners, so she encourages residents to call her office at 850-248-8290.

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