(ran Beach edition)
By now, inspection officials from the cities of Gulfport and St. Petersburg should have visited your house or business if you own property on 49th Street S. It's code enforcement time or, as Gulfport's Mike Konefal explains, "About $700,000 worth of construction is just about completed on the street. So we (meaning Gulfport and St. Petersburg) decided to work on the properties, too."
All this clean-up has been received positively by citizens, says Konefal, Gulfport's planning and development supervisor.
How code enforcement works depends on the city, he says. Gulfport uses door hangers to tell residents whether they are in violation of city code, like having high weeds and grass, junk, debris and trash scattered about or inoperable and wrecked cars and trucks.
Konefal says residents are given two to three weeks to respond to a notice. Then there's a re-inspection, followed by a warning letter and then, finally, a citation is issued for the offense. About 100 properties in Gulfport and 100 in St. Petersburg on 49th Street S. were the object of this official eyeballing.
For specific questions on this inspection or about code violations, call Vincent Garrison in Gulfport at 893-1084 or Cysley Chambers in St. Petersburg at 892-5518.
MADEIRA BEACH _ Gulf Beaches Public Library has an exhibit through August of the oil landscapes by Largo artist Joseph L. Elias. Titled with such Western themes as Colorado Flatlands, Misty Morn, Crossing the Divide and Gathering of Slickers, there are a total 14 works on view in the Craig Room at the library, at 200 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach.
Elias is a member of the Pinellas Park Art Society. According to Charlotte Johnson, a library staffer, the paintings are for sale, ranging in price from $45 to $350. Ten percent of the profits will be donated to the library.
For information about the exhibit, call 391-2828.