Burn Notice: Marco's Code Enforcement hears about abandonded home

Marco's Code Enforcement Board hears case on abandoned home

Lying charred and vacant for a year, this home at 32 Gulfport Court has been the center of neighbor complaints. On Tuesday, Marco Island’s Code Enforcement Board was asked to take action.

Lying charred and vacant for a year, this home at 32 Gulfport Court has been the center of neighbor complaints. On Tuesday, Marco Island’s Code Enforcement Board was asked to take action.

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Greg Carlisle, owner of a partially demolished home at 1441 Butterfield Court, tries to explain why he allowed a demolition permit to expire in March. Carlisle spoke before Marco Island’s Code enforcement Board on Tuesday.

Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent (3) Greg Carlisle, owner of a partially demolished home at 1441 Butterfield Court, tries to explain why he allowed a demolition permit to expire in March. Carlisle spoke before Marco Island’s Code enforcement Board on Tuesday.

Lying charred and vacant for a year, this home at 32 Gulfport Court has been the center of neighbor complaints. On Tuesday, Marco Island’s Code Enforcement Board was asked to take action.

Lying charred and vacant for a year, this home at 32 Gulfport Court has been the center of neighbor complaints. On Tuesday, Marco Island’s Code Enforcement Board was asked to take action.

Debra Shanahan and Lou Prigge, members of Marco Island’s Code Enforcement Board, consider fines for a burned and uninhabitable property at 32 Gulfport Court. The board learned Tuesday that the owner has the property for sale.

Debra Shanahan and Lou Prigge, members of Marco Island’s Code Enforcement Board, consider fines for a burned and uninhabitable property at 32 Gulfport Court. The board learned Tuesday that the owner has the property for sale.

It’s been a year since an explosion and major fire swept through the house. Neighbors have complained to the city; and on Tuesday, Marco Island’s Code Enforcement Board was asked to take action. The case came before the board as a failure to connect to the city’s sewer system. Phil Kostelnik, a code board member, questioned the need for a sewer hookup.

“The house is vacant and I don’t even know if it is habitable,” he said. “The house may be beyond repair and will probably be demolished.”

A neighbor, living across the street from the damaged home, told the board that was not his understanding. “The house has a condemnation sticker on it, but it is listed in Zillow,” said Ed Vesely of 35 Gulfport Court. “People are coming to look at the house.” The Zillow real estate Internet site lists the property as being sold at lot value. It also states that the “house is fixable with a contractors bid of $297,000 to rehab the home.”

Since the house fire, the city stepped in to secure the home and pool, removing any outside debris. The costs to the owner for those services are pending under another code violation case for unsightly property. The owner was injured in the blast but has since returned to the home to remove his boat, Vesely said. Also a permit was obtained to shore up the concrete slab under the building, Liz Carr, code compliance officer, told the board. The city currently has a lien on the property.

If the owner is actively planning to sell the house, board member Rony Joel suggested, the sewer connection would be required at the time of property transfer. A motion to start fines for failure to connect to the city’s sewer system was defeated. A second motion to table the case and combine it with a case for condemnation passed 5-2.

Neighbors of a home on 1441 Butterfield Court also complained to the city about maintenance and upkeep. Greg Carlisle, owner of the property, came before the board for failing to remove debris and for allowing a demolition permit to expire before completing inspections.

Carlisle told the board his property had been in limbo since he placed construction plans with Bob Mahr, a building official who left city employment. Other city building officials told Carlisle his plan would need to be revised before a permit for construction could be issued. The code board asked Carlisle several times to give them an understanding of what he planned to do with the property. Carlisle was not able to answer definitively. The demolition permit expired in March and the city mowed the property in May and July after neighbor complaints.

“If he does not reinstate the demo permit he will have to put everything back as it was,” Carr told the board. “He has to do something and cannot sit on the property and do nothing.”

Carlisle agreed to reinstate the demolition permit and get proper inspections. The board voted to give him 30 days to comply and make a decision on what he is going to do with the home. The approved motion included payment to the city for mowing the property.

After 30 days, fines of $100 per day with a one-time $250 administration fee will commence. If the case comes back to the board, Carlisle will be considered a repeat offender and fines will increase to $500 per day.

In another action, the board fined Michael Vale, 511 Sand Hill Court, for failure to connect to the city’s sewer system as required. Fines of $100 per day plus a one-time $250 administration fee will begin in 30 days after the order is signed.

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