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"Now, City Council will discuss dismantling the code compliance board in favor of hiring a magistrate...."
Probably a great idea.
Several years ago, I was talking to one of our stalwart code nazis.
Sounding some frustration, he showed me a pile of complaints and said his main function is helping people torment neighbors they didn't like.
He told me a small group would keep calling to lodge complaints against unsuspecting neighbors, and when he got too many complaints, he had to go out to write up the poor shlump.
Then there are our friendly island businesses -- such as dock and sea wall repairers -- who snoop around to snitch on their neighbors in order to generate complaints and drum up trade.
Code regulations reach about 100 pages. There is no home that is safe from some arbitrary complaint if you look.
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