County will decide to demolish and foreclose buildings in ill-repair today

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At the Pinellas County Commission meeting at 2:00 p.m. today, keeping properties in good repair is serious business. Pinellas County has three structures on the agenda for demolition and a Clearwater home slated to be foreclosed upon awaiting County Commission approval.

It’s quite unusual for the county to take over homes and demolish homes and businesses over exorbitant code liens, but it’s also unusual for the county to see liens reach hundreds of thousands of dollars and even more than $1 million.

In fact, more than 300 cases of county-imposed liens have resulted in continued noncompliance from owners. Increasingly, people are not making the needed repairs to their homes no matter how many chances they get to do so, reported Assistant County Administrator Maureen Freaney.

“We work with people over and over and over, but at some point you have to say what’s the good of the neighborhood?” said Freaney.

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