Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - May 22, 2018
REVISED May 22, 2018 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #16

Authorization for staff to secure property - Steven Smith, Code Enforcement Case #CE2017080267


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

Action Requested
Motion for approval authorizing staff  to secure the property located at 3419 21st Street East, Bradenton (PID# 1624700009).

Enabling/Regulating Authority

Section 162.09, Florida Statutes

Section 2-7-26, Code of Ordinances

Background Discussion

The property owner, Steven Clyde Smith, was cited for maintaining an unsecured vacant property. There have been numerous calls to the Sheriffs department due to unauthorized persons (squatters) and drug use at this property. The property is not in foreclosure. Staff is requesting approval to board up this property as it is within the Commission's authority as outlined in Statutes and the Code of Ordinances.

Violation:  Section 2-9-106(c) of the County Code of Ordinances


  1. Notice of Violation was issued August 10, 2017.
  2. The Special Magistrate Hearing was held October 25, 2017.  The property owner was ordered to secure the structure by November 27, 2017, or a fine of $75 per day to a maximum amount of $10,000.00 would be imposed.  
  3. The order also states that if the violation is not corrected, the County is authorized pursuant to Florida Statutes 162.09(1) to  make all reasonable repairs which are required to bring the property into compliance and charge the violator with the reasonable cost of repairs along with the fine imposed.
  4. Property is still not secured
  5. Staff seeks approval to board up the property

Note: Staff has funding that is dedicated to securing unsafe structures. Once a property is secured, the property owner is sent a bill which, if unpaid, becomes a lien on the property until paid in full.

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 - Steven Clyde Smith.pdf