Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - April 26, 2016
April 26, 2016 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #17

Reduction of Code Enforcement Fines for Ronnie Joseph, Code Enforcement Case Number CE2011070033 (nka Samuel Hernandez Melo and Leonardo Hernandez-Melo)


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

Action Requested

Motion to reduce the fines for this case to $3,500.00 (as previously recommended by the Special Magistrate on March 23, 2016), 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 $76,250.00 for CE2011070033.
  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 162.09, Florida Statutes (2014)

Background Discussion

Code Enforcement Case CE2011070033, 5835 13th Street Court East, Bradenton, FL. 34203. (PID #5819100008). Below is a brief synopsis regarding this case:

  1. Violation: Agricultural animals (including but not limited to chickens and roosters) were on the property.
  2. Notice of Violation issued 7/11/2011.
  3. Special Magistrate Hearing 8/24/2011. Ordered to comply by 9/23/2011 for Section 704.2.2 or a $100.00 minimum fine and $50.00 per day fine would be imposed.
  4. Section 704.2.2 was complied 11/25/2015.
  5. Total fine $76,250.00 plus $20.00 recording fee.
  6. Property owner offered $3,500.00 plus $20.00 recording fee.
  7. Special Magistrate Mitigation Hearing 3/23/2016. 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 to $3,500.00 plus $20.00 recording fee.

This property sold on 7/13/2015. The previous owner advised us that the chickens and hens were removed years ago, but, never contacted us to inspect the property to stop the fines. The County passed an Ordinance on 06/04/13 permitting chickens on residentially zoned property with limitations.

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 Laurie Menard (laurie.menard@mymanatee.org) in the Code Enforcement Division following disposition.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  2016-4-26 Joseph.pdf