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City eliminates Code Enforcement Board

(ran North, South editions)

The City Council formally abolished the Code Enforcement Board on Tuesday night and will hire a special master who will oversee code violation disputes. The move was spurred by problems such as getting enough members of the code board to meet and a desire to eliminate the politics that can affect decisions made by acquaintances of those before the board. Also on Tuesday, the city's contract engineer, Tampa Bay Engineering Inc., said it will no longer provide services to the city, citing disagreements over payment and "a significant change in city staff and council."

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