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The term public nuisance covers a wide variety of minor offences that threaten the health, safety, or welfare of a community. Any one of the following conditions is deemed a public nuisance:Public Nuisance
  1. The accumulation of debris, garbage, trash, or yard waste (as defined in Section 58-120) on or within the land or premises of a property owner or occupant, including accessory structures, patios, or the public rights-of-way adjacent to the land.
  2. The excessive growth of grass, weeds, ground cover and noxious plants on or within the land or premises of a property owner or occupant.
  3. An accumulation of water that creates a serious threat to public safety due to noxious odors or actual evidence of a breeding ground for mosquitoes and vermin.
  4. All undeveloped parcels of one acre or larger in size shall be encircled on all sides by a 20-foot-wide buffer area to be maintained so the height of the foliage or growth does not exceed 12 inches.

Public NuisanceA formal process is provided to allow the City to go onto a private property to abate a public nuisance. The property owner is charged with the costs for the abatement. If unpaid, this becomes a lien on the property.

So then, what is general PROPERTY MAINTENANCE?

Property MaintenanceCommonly accepted standards of upkeep to preserve the cleanliness and worth of a property are the actions required for property maintenance. Failure to suitably maintain a property does not rise to a health, safety, or welfare status. These violations are processed through the City’s Special Magistrate and ample time is provided to correct a violation. A fine, and eventual lien, may be imposed on the property owner for failure to address the “violation”.

In an effort to continue to preserve property values in the City, criteria has been approved for residential districts regarding outdoor storage. Outdoor and open space areas are those open areas on the exterior of a structure or within the property that are uncovered such as a yard or patio. This includes carports, front porches or porte-cocheres.

City’s Code requirements for property maintenance (Section 3-10.3)  issues are as follows:
  1. Permanent outdoor/open air storage is not allowed within the front yard, including, but not limited to, permanent play structures such as tree houses, forts and similar structures; and upholstered furniture, which is furniture designed and constructed for indoor use.
  2. Acceptable storage areas include a garage, rear yard or side yard screened from view of the right of way. Screen material includes healthy landscape material, fences or walls.
  3. Property MaintenanceStorage containers shall not be stored in the front yard and shall be stored in a manner so they are not visible from the roadway. Storage containers include, but are not limited to; garbage bags/cans, recycling bins, and other plastic, metal, wood, cardboard, or composite storage receptacles.
  4. Garbage, trash, and recycling receptacles shall be placed by the curb no sooner than 12:00 noon of the day preceding pick-up and must be removed no later than 12:00 noon of the day following the day of collection. The trash receptacles shall then be stored as provided herein.        
  5. Approved storage within the confines of a carport, front porch, or porte-cochere is limited to:

a. Property MaintenanceOperable vehicles
b. Furniture constructed and intended for outdoor use
c. Outdoor cooking and heating equipment
d. Toys
e. Bicycles

     6.  Additional Criteria Include:  

  • Outdoor/open air storage on undeveloped land is prohibited,
  • All outdoor/open air sale, storage or displays of goods, materials or services are to be located indoors in the commercial areas.
  • All swimming pools (above ground and in-ground), spas, and ponds are to be maintained in good working order to prevent stagnant water that is likely to breed mosquitoes.
  • Florida Statutes prohibit the outdoor storage of refrigerators.
  • Florida Building Code regulates building structure integrity (unsafe buildings).

Property MaintenanceEliminating the visual clutter from our residential areas will be a great step toward maintaining and improving the values within our neighborhoods.

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