Manatee County Government Administrative Center First Floor, Commission Chambers 9:00 a.m. - April 24, 2018
REVISED April 24, 2018 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #19

Reduction of Code Enforcement Fines for Edwin and Shirley Willis, Code Enforcement Case Number CE2016010245


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

Action Requested
Motion to reduce the fines for this case to $1,500.00 plus $20.00 in recording fees, as previously recommended by the Special Magistrate on March 28, 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 $36,020.00 for CE2016010245.
  2. Recording fees shall be paid, 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

Background Discussion
The property owners were cited for a damaged roof, soffit, and fascia on the house.  The owner is elderly (83) and found a buyer who was willing to abate the violations for him, but had issues (roofing contractors and a fire in the attic) along the way. A building permit was eventually obtained and repairs completed. The property owner is seeking a reduction in the lien amount so he can close on the property. 
Violation: Section 2-9-106(c)(2), Manatee County Code of Ordinances.

  1. Notice of Violation was issued January 27, 2016.
  2. The Special Magistrate Hearing was held on July 27, 2016. The property owner was ordered to comply by September 23, 2016, or a minimum fine of $100.00 plus $75.00 per day for each day the violation continued past the compliance order date would start.
  3. Complied January 17, 2018. 
  4. Fines for this case total $36,020.00 which includes $20.00 in recording fees.
  5. Special Magistrate Mitigation Hearing was held on March 28, 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 $36,020.00 to $1,500.00 plus $20.00 recording fees for a total of $1,520.00 to settle the case. Staff recommends approval.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  BOCC Attachments, Willis Edwin & Shirley, CE2016010245 March 28, 2018.pdf