Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - March 7, 2017
REVISED March 7, 2017 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #21

Reduction of Code Enforcement Fines for Otto Frantz and Maria Sara Czako PIN#766400154 - 4716 16th Avenue East, Palmetto


Contact and/or Presenter Information

Jeff Bowman, Division Chief, Ext. 6854

Action Requested

Motion to reduce the fines for case number CE2016020195 totaling $8,400.00 to $2,000.00 (as previously recommended by the Special Magistrate on January 25, 2017), subject to the following conditions:

  1. The reduced fines shall be paid within 90 days or will revert back to the original fine amounts of $8,400.
  2. Recording fees need to be collected, which total $40
  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

The property owners Otto Frantz and Maria Sara Czako worked regularly with staff to correct the violation.  The owners indicated that they notified the Code Enforcement Officer that they would be in Europe for a period of time. After months of putting together and spending approximately $2,600.00 to correct the violation they are now in compliance and request a fine reduction.

Below is a brief synopsis regarding the case history:

  1. Violation: Garage erected without a permit.
  2. Notice of Violation issued:  6/16/2016
  3. Special Magistrate Hearing:  8/24/2016 - ordered to comply or a $75.00 fine per day, per fine would be imposed.
  4. Complied:  310.3 complied on 12/13/2016 and 310.5 complied on 12/21/2016 - 116 days.
  5. Fines for both total $8,400.00 plus $40.00 recording fees.
  6. Property owner offered a total of $2,000.00 plus $40.00 recording fees to settle this case.
  7. Special Magistrate Mitigation hearing 1/25/2017.  The Magistrate determined that justification exists to reduce the total fine amounts and to forward the request to the Board of County Commissioners with a recommendation to reduce the fine amounts totaling $8,400.00 to $2,000.00 plus $40.00   recording fees 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:  CE2016020195.pdf