Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - April 25, 2017
April 25, 2017 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #19

Reduction of Code Enforcement Fines for Pearlie Hicks, PIN#2491200008 - Address: 2612 15th Avenue East, Palmetto, FL


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

Action Requested

Motion to reduce the fines for case number CE1998110159 totaling $12,552.56 to $0.00 (as previously recommended by the Special Magistrate on March 22, 2017) subject to the following conditions:

  1. The reduced fine shall be paid within 90 days or will revert back to the original fine amount of $12,552.56.
  2. Recording fees need to be collected, which total $124.00
  3. Building and Development Services Department Director is authorized to sign satisfactions of liens if reduced fines are paid.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Section 162.09, Florida Statutes

Background Discussion

Rick Davis (new property owner as of 1-27-17) was sold this property through a tax deed sale held on 1-23-17 through the County Clerks Office.  The surplus amount from the sale in the amount of $29,997.44 was applied to the outstanding code enforcement fines owed on this  property.  Mr. Davis is asking that the surplus funds be accepted as full satisfaction for any and all code enforcement liens regarding this case.

Below is a brief synopsis regarding the case history:

  1. Violation: Junk Vehicles
  2. Notice of Violation: 11/12/1998
  3. Special Magistrate Hearing: 1/27/1999
  4. Complied:  10/14/2003 - 1,699 days
  5. Total fines prior to the tax deed sale equaled $42,664 and the remaining outstanding balance after the tax deed sale equals $12,552.56, plus  $124.00 recording fees.
  6. Property owner offered a total of $0.00 plus $124.00 recording fees to settle this case.
  7. Special Magistrate Mitigation hearing was March 22, 2017.  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 totaling $12,552.56 to $0.00 plus $124.00 recording fee to settle this 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

Instructions to Board Records
Please forward a stamped copy of the agenda to Administrative Specialist Vicki Gipson (vicki.gipson@mymanatee.org) in the Code Enforcement Division following disposition.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  Order of Referral.pdf
Attachment:  Application of Relief and Justification Letter.pdf