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Manatee County Government Administrative Center First Floor, Commission Chambers 9:00 a.m. - February 13, 2018
REVISED February 13, 2018 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #23


Subject
Reduction of Code Enforcement Fines for Qingli & Manyu Long, Code Enforcement Case #CE2016100285

Briefings
None

Contact and/or Presenter Information
Jeff Bowman, Division Chief, Ext 6854

Action Requested
Motion to reduce the fines for this case to $2,000.00 (as previously recommended by the Special Magistrate on January 24, 2018), subject to the following conditions:

  1. The reduced fines shall be paid within 90 days or will revert back to the original fine amount of $11,795.00 for CE2016100231.
  2. Recording fees need to be collected, which total $20.00
  3. Building and Development Services Department Director is authorized to sign satisfactions of liens if the reduced fines are paid.


Enabling/Regulating Authority

Section 2-9-8, Manatee County Code of Ordinances

Section 162.09, Florida Statutes



Background Discussion
Qingli Long and Manyu Long, the current property owners, purchased the property on June 27, 2017.  After closing, they immediately hired a contractor, obtained a permit, and abated the violation within a month. Qingli Long and Manyu Long are seeking a fine reduction as they did not create the violation and fines were against the previous owner (Bradford Blair.)
 
The current property owner spent approximately $14,000.00 to abate the violation.

Violation: 
2-9-106(b) (Structural Standards) of the County Code of Ordinances. (Siding of home in disrepair)
History:

  1. Notice of Violation was issued October 19, 2016.
  2. The Special Magistrate hearing was held on January 25, 2017.  The property owner was ordered to comply by February 17, 2017, or a fine of $75 per day shall be imposed against the property owner for each day the violation continued past the compliance date ordered.
  3. Complied on July 25, 2017.
  4. Fines for the case total $11,795.00 which includes $20 recording fees.
  5. Special Magistrate Mitigation hearing was held on January 24, 2018.  The Magistrate determined that justification exists to reduce the total fine amount and to forward the request to the Board of County Commissioners with a recommendation to reduce the fine amount which totals $11,795.00 to $2,000.00 plus $20.00 recording fees for a total of $2,020.00 to settle the case.  Staff recommends approval.


County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (Utilizes exact document or procedure approved within the last 18 months)

Explanation of Other


Reviewing Attorney
N/A

Instructions to Board Records
N/A

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
N/A

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
N/A


Attachment:  BOCC Long, Qingli Manyu Jan. 24, 2018.pdf