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Inspectors find another septic tank violation at Valrico site where boy died

VALRICO — Hillsborough County code enforcement inspectors found several minor violations at Silver Lane Mobile Home Park during an inspection Monday after a 2-year-old boy was found dead in an uncovered septic tank. One of the more serious violations was another septic tank improperly covered, officials said.

The body of Luis Martinez, whose family lives at the park, was found about 50 yards from his home Saturday. Officials said he apparently slipped through an 11- by 13-inch opening in a septic tank that was hidden by grass. There had been no complaints filed with the county about the tank.

The tank has been repaired, but the area around it remained blocked off Monday as the Sheriff's Office continued to investigate, said code department spokeswoman Carol Michel.

Code enforcement supervisor Bill Langford said inspectors found another septic tank with a missing lid that had been covered up with a thin sheet of metal. Langford said it wasn't an immediate concern, but over time the metal could corrode or rust and become dangerous.

Langford said inspectors would give the park's owner, who according to Florida corporate records is Kenneth Winter, 24 hours to arrange for the tank to be repaired. In the meantime, inspectors put sticks and red tape around the tank and covered it with dirt.

They also found windows screwed shut, propane gas tanks improperly placed on the ground instead of on concrete foundations, and wrongly connected electrical wiring, Langford said.

None were major concerns, he said.

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Inspectors find another septic tank violation at Valrico site where boy died 11/30/09 [Last modified: Monday, November 30, 2009 2:07pm]
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