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Nuisance Abatement Code Enhancement?

Posted by admin On March 24th

Do any of your jurisdictions have Nuisance Abatement Codes that have been enhanced to include crime related issues other than the norm: Prostitution, Drugs, Gangs, & Gambling? Our Police Department is considering revisions to the City’s related code section that would allow for the following issues to also be heard before a Nuisance Abatement Board: weapons related arrests, loitering problems, alcohol related violations, fighting – assault & battery arrests, fire capacity violations, and/or repeat calls for service. The idea is to bring businesses requiring extreme levels of law enforcement resources before the Nuisance Abatement Board for Repeat violations of these additional crime related issues.

If your jurisdiction has any such language included in your Nuisance Abatement Code sections please forward to:

FREE Food Pantry Boxes?

Posted by admin On February 3rd

Anybody dealing with these in their jurisdictions now or in the past?

Homeowners are placing 3 x 5’ wooden structures with double doors in their front yards (Not ROW);  With signs on them advising Free Food.  Anyone needing it can come and go at all hours to retrieve what has been left in the boxes by those willing to donate.

If yes, are they regulated and how?

Illegal Dumping Resources?

Posted by admin On July 27th
I serve as legal counsel to a municipality and am looking for enforcement and non-enforcement measures to address illegal dumping as well as potential funding sources for same.  Can you point me in the right direction in terms of resources toward this end. Thanks in advance for your anticipated consideration and cooperation in this regard.  Please respond to Fawn Powers.

Review SWACE By-Laws Revisions Here

Posted by admin On February 18th

Please review the SWACE By-Laws Revisions by clicking on the link below.

Thanks in advance.

SWACE By-Laws – Draft Revisions 03-09-16

Security Cameras Required?

Posted by admin On November 3rd

Fort Myers City Council voted 6-0 Monday 11/02/2015 for staff to produce a comprehensive plan by January 2016 for the implementation of security cameras in public places.  Have any jurisdiction adopted ordinances related to security or surveillance cameras being required in certain locations, or for particular types of construction or land uses?  If so please share the information at:


Residential Rental Registration Program Survey

Posted by admin On June 18th


Please consider taking a minute to help us compile some important information by taking a very brief 10 question survey on:

Residential Rental Registration Programs – just click on the link below. We’ll share our results.

Rental Registration Survey

Thanks in advance!

Automatic Citation Writer Programs?

Posted by admin On May 14th

Our jurisdiction had an $8,000 contract with a company to build a ticket writing module so that when we issue citations electronically instead of hand writing, we would swipe their DL similar to the Police program for running a red light or speeding and the citation would print out the code violated and all of the violators DL information and we would just have them sign.

Unfortunately the company was absorbed by another company and the new company will no longer honor our contract. I have checked the Central Florida area and our City is about the only one that issues citations on a regular basis, so no one has ever made the initial investment to have a program written for them that we could purchase or piggy back and begin using.

The reason I am writing you is to ask if you or any of your southern jurisdictions use a ticket writer program or does everyone still hand write citations? Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated.

Bill VanHorn


Robo-call Sign Enforcement?

Posted by admin On September 17th

Our jurisdiction is considering implementing an auto dialing call system to help
deal with illegal posting of signs throughout our county and I was wondering
how many jurisdictions are actually using this type of software in their code
enforcement departments. If any jurisdiction is using an auto dialing system, I
would greatly appreciate you taking a few minutes to answer the following

Name of your jurisdiction?

Name of software?

We have been looking at Voicent, so any input on this software is appreciated too.

How many phone lines do you use?

Have you seen a significant reduction in posting of illegal signs since implementation of the system?

Thanks in advance.

Randy Jones
Santa Rosa County
Code Compliance Supervisor
(850) 981-7022


2013 Florida Senate Bill No. SB 1252

Posted by admin On April 11th

Please review the Bill below and contact your delegates to advise on your support!

Florida Senate – 2013 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 1252



Comm: RCS



The Committee on Community Affairs (Simpson) recommended the following:

Senate Amendment (with title amendment)

Between lines 65 and 66 3 insert:

Section 1. Section 162.12, Florida Statutes, is amended to 5 read:

162.12 Notices.—

(1) All notices required by this part must be provided to the alleged violator by:

(a) Certified mail, return receipt requested, to the address listed in the tax collector’s office for tax notices, or to the address listed in the county property appraiser’s  Florida Senate – 2013 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 1252 database. The local government may also provide an additional notice to any other address it may find for provided by the property owner in writing to the local government for the  purpose of receiving notices. For property owned by a corporation, notices may be provided by certified mail to the registered agent of the corporation. If any notice sent by certified mail is not signed as received within 30 days after the postmarked date of mailing, notice may be provided by posting as described in subparagraphs (2)(b)1. and 2.;

(b) Hand delivery by the sheriff or other law enforcement  officer, code inspector, or other person designated by the local governing body;

(c) Leaving the notice at the violator’s usual place of residence with any person residing therein who is above 15 years of age and informing such person of the contents of the notice; or

(d) In the case of commercial premises, leaving the notice with the manager or other person in charge.

(2) In addition to providing notice as set forth in 31 subsection (1), at the option of the code enforcement board or the local government, notice may also be served by publication or posting, as follows:

(a)1. Such notice shall be published once during each week for 4 consecutive weeks (four publications being sufficient) in a newspaper of general circulation in the county where the code enforcement board is located. The newspaper shall meet such  requirements as are prescribed under chapter 50 for legal and official advertisements.

2. Proof of publication shall be made as provided in ss.

50.041 and 50.051. 42

(b)1. In lieu of publication as described in paragraph (a),  such notice may be posted at least 10 days prior to the hearing, or prior to the expiration of any deadline contained in the notice, in at least two locations, one of which shall be the property upon which the violation is alleged to exist and the other of which shall be, in the case of municipalities, at the primary municipal government office, and in the case of counties, at the front door of the courthouse or the main county governmental center in said county.

2. Proof of posting shall be by affidavit of the person posting the notice, which affidavit shall include a copy of the notice posted and the date and places of its posting.

(c) Notice by publication or posting may run concurrently with, or may follow, an attempt or attempts to provide notice by hand delivery or by mail as required under subsection (1).

Evidence that an attempt has been made to hand deliver or mail notice as provided in subsection (1), together with proof of publication or posting as provided in subsection (2), shall be sufficient to show that the notice requirements of this part  have been met, without regard to whether or not the alleged violator actually received such notice.

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And the title is amended as follows:

Delete line 2 and insert:

An act relating to building construction; amending s. Florida Senate – 2013 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 1252

162.12, F.S.; revising notice requirements in the Local Government Code Enforcement Boards Act; amending s.

Got Hoarding Problems?

Posted by admin On March 28th

Wilma TV is currently producing the fourth season of TLC’s Hoarding: Buried Alive, an hour-long documentary television series about hoarding. We are seeking participants who are willing to open up their lives and homes to share their stories.

The series explores the various facets of hoarding by recounting the personal stories of people who are struggling with this disease. A story can involve one or multiple people hoarding in the same family; people who are attempting to cope with a hoarding issue; or in more extreme cases, people who may be facing eviction, financial or marital distress due to hoarding.

The benefits of participating include complementary treatment from top mental health professionals, hands-on assistance from professional organizers and if desired, additional hauling and junk removal services.

Additionally, we provide participants with monetary compensation in order to encourage continued treatment and progress.

If you or someone you know needs help to stop hoarding, we would like to hear from you. We understand the sensitive and often embarrassing nature of this problem and promise to treat all participants with the utmost respect.

The goal of our series is to promote a better understanding of compulsive hoarding, what steps can be taken to deal with the issue, and how a comprehensive exploration of this common problem can lead to positive change for the people involved.

Please contact us at:


Phone: 240-662-4292

All inquiries will be kept confidential.