Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - May 22, 2018
REVISED May 22, 2018 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #18

Reduction of Code Enforcement Fines for Ralph Gianni, Code Enforcement Case #CE2015080603


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

Action Requested

Motion to reduce the fines for this case to $1,250.00 plus $20.00 recording fees, as previously recommended by the Special Magistrate on April 25, 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 $78,040.00 for CE2015030508.
  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
Section 12-7-27, Code of Ordinances

Background Discussion

Ralph Gianni was cited for installation of siding, windows, and a roof without the required building permits or certificate of completions. Code Enforcement staff reached out several times in an effort to facilitate compliance. Compliance took almost a year. Mr. Gianni accepts responsibility and is respectfully requesting a reduction in the total fine amount.   

Violation(s):  310.3 and 310.5 of the Land Development Code


  1. Notice of Violation was issued September 1, 2015.
  2. The Special Magistrate Hearing was held on January 27, 2016.  The property owner was ordered to comply by March 27, 2016, or a fine of $75.00 per day, for each violation, would be imposed.
  3. Complied January 18, 2017.
  4. Fines for this case total $78,040.00, which includes $20.00 in recording fees.
  5. Special Magistrate Mitigation Hearing was held April 25, 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 $78,040.00, to $1,250.00 plus $20.00 recording fees for a total of $1,270.00 to settle this 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 May 22, 2018 - Ralph Gianni CE2015080603.pdf