Bradenton Area Convention Center One Haben Boulevard, Palmetto - Longboat Key Room 9:00 a.m. - August 11, 2020
August 11, 2020 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #14

Reduction of Code Enforcement Fines for Jose Kuruvila, Case No. CE2017020129


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

Action Requested
Motion to reduce the fines for this case to $250.00 plus $28.50 in recording fees, as previously recommended by the Special Magistrate on July 22, 2020, subject to the following conditions:
  1. The reduced fine shall be paid within 90 days or will revert to the original fine amount of $5,250.00.
  2. Recording fees shall be paid which total $28.50.
  3. Building and Development Services Director is authorized to sign Satisfaction of Lien if the reduced fine is paid.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Section 162.09, Florida Statutes
Section 2-7-27, Code of Ordinances

Background Discussion

The owner, Jose Kuruvila, was cited for having a storage container on his property without the required permit.  The actual violator was his tenant.  Mr. Kuruvila took the necessary steps to evict the tenant but could not correct the violation until the eviction was complete.  He worked closely with the Code Enforcement Officer at that time.  Mr. Kuruvila respectfully requests that the fines be mitigated.

Violation:  Section 310.3 of the Land Development Code


  1. Notice of Violation was issued on February 16, 2017.
  2. The Special Magistrate Hearing was held on March 22, 2017.  The property owner was ordered to comply on or before May 31, 2017 or a fine of $75.00 would be imposed per day per violation.
  3. Complied:  June 27, 2017.
  4. The Special Magistrate Mitigation Hearing was held on July 22, 2020.  The Magistrate determined that justification exists to forward the request to the Board of County Commissioners with a recommendation to reduce the fine amount to $250 plus $28.50 in recording fees to settle this case.  Staff supports this recommendation.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

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Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  BOCC Attachments CE2017020129 Jose Kuruvila.pdf