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Gulfport considers getting tough on code enforcement

GULFPORT — The city might get tougher on residents who don't cut their grass or park too many unlicensed vehicles in their yards.

The city currently enforces city codes by working with residents to resolve issues before issuing citations.

"We are tasked with 'should there be more stringent code enforcement?' " Mayor Mike Yakes said.

Options for being more aggressive include adding inspectors and going straight to the statutory legal notice.

The city would have to enact ordinances targeting unwanted violations. Now, most issues are nuisance violations, not ordinance violations.

There would also have to be an administrative hearing officer if the city issues citations instead of warnings.

In a workshop Thursday, the City Council discussed the ramifications of more aggressive code enforcement.

"We looked at what is currently going on," Yakes said. "Police note what they see and unless it is a blatant violation, they refer it to the code enforcement officer, Bruce Earling," Yakes said.

"We recognize circumstances are different. Council said we have to separate whether someone is violating or has no money not to violate," Yakes said.

Fred Metcalf, community development director, gave the council a list of code enforcement violations. Those violations include:

• High grass

• High weeds on alleyways

• Nonoperated or unlicensed vehicles (there is a limit of two)

• Accumulation of junk and debris

• Broken windows

• Excessive peeling paint

• Rotting eaves

• Dilapidated structures

• Excessive mildew or algae

• Work being done without a permit.

Gulfport considers getting tough on code enforcement 03/30/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 4:50pm]
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