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St. Pete Beach delays code action at condos


© St. Petersburg Times, published April 12, 2000

ST. PETE BEACH -- St. Pete Beach took one step forward and one step back in two controversial code enforcement cases in hearings before a special master Tuesday.

Action against developers of the Mirabella condominium complex was delayed for at least another 60 days. The developers' request that the case be dismissed was denied, but the city was ordered to issue yet another list of code violations. Once that notice of violation is issued, the developers will have 60 days to fix the problems identified following complaints from residents last year.

At issue are the roofs on five of the complex' six buildings that the city says should be completely replaced. City building official Mike Knotek said he agreed to the 60-day reprieve because it would take at least 45 days for replacement roof tiles to be delivered to the developers.

In other action, the special master agreed to sign an $18,200 lien against properties owned by Suzanne Ferry. The fines were levied because the city says she did not correct the identified code violations quickly enough. Some of the properties were closed in the city's first condemnation proceedings in 25 years when Ferry failed to correct a series of code violations. Knotek said she will have to pay the fines within 40 days or the city will begin foreclosure proceedings. The properties are at 618 73rd Ave., and at 524, 550, and 600 Corey Ave.

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