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Mosley Motel set for public Auction January 29

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St. Pete’s long battle with the long-term stay Mosley Motel may soon be over. The embattled motel at the center of numerous nuisance abatement cases in St. Pete is set to be sold at auction January 29. The motel’s owners reportedly owe HSBC Bank $6.27 million. Despite public listings for an auction, unconfirmed tips from two anonymous sources hint the property may be obtained by owners of Skyline Fifth Apartments, a tower apartment home community directly behind the Mosley. Even…

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Facing foreclosure, Mosley Motel hit with more fines by St. Pete

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The St. Petersburg Nuisance Abatement Board voted to levy additional fines to the long crime-plagued Mosley Motel after owners failed to make improvements agreed upon as part of a previously approved turnaround plan for the property. Under the latest vote taken Wednesday afternoon, Mosley will have to pay $100 a day beginning Dec. 8th and ongoing until the property is in compliance. As of the vote that amounts to $3,600. But the issue isn’t all that cut and dry. The…

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Bar in Grand Central is latest Nuisance Abatement target

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There’s a new offender on the St. Pete Nuisance Abatement radar. City Council member Amy Foster posted on Facebook Thursday night that a Something Different employee was arrested on narcotics charges as a result of activity in the Central Avenue bar between 24th and 25th Street. According to Foster the location has received 42 calls for service and there have been numerous complaints from business owners in the Grand Central District. Foster claims there will likely be more arrests to…

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New Plaza Motel challenges closure order

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Owners of New Plaza Motel on 34 Street North near Fifth Avenue is suing the City of St. Petersburg to remain open. The city’s Nuisance Abatement Board voted earlier this month to close New Plaza for one year after determining efforts to curb excessive police complaints had failed. New Plaza Motel is a low-income efficiency known to rent to residents who can’t afford another place to stay. It’s considered by many a motel of last resort. The lawsuit claims “the…

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St. Pete Nuisance Abatement board orders New Plaza Motel to close for one year

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New Plaza Motel on 34 Street North near Fifth Avenue will close for at least one year. The St. Pete Nuisance Abatement board voted to force closure for one year after owners failed to demonstrate the ability to curb illegal activity consistently reported on the property. New Plaza Motel is a low-income efficiency known to rent to residents who can’t afford another place to stay. It’s considered by many a motel of last resort. During quasi-judicial proceedings against the motel…

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New Plaza Motel sues to have nuisance abatement ruling overturned

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Owners of New Plaza Motel in St. Pete are suing the city for imposing new security standards in lieu of forcing the crime-laden, low-budget “residence of last resort” to close. The city’s nuisance abatement board began proceedings against the motel in March with a quasi-judicial proceeding alleging the motel and attached bar were responsible for above-average calls to police for things like drug deals, prostitution, noise violations and the occasional fight. After hours of testimony from police about undercover drug…

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St. Pete Nuisance Abatement board rejects public comment for quasi-judicial hearings

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St. Pete’s Nuisance Abatement Board will not hear public comment during quasi-judicial hearings despite public outcry to do so. Following a series of legislative decisions exempting quasi-judicial hearings from a public comment requirement, the board changed its rules to eliminate opportunity for individuals to address the board in such hearings. Prior to a hearing last week involving the New Plaza Motel and Cactus Charlie’s bar on 34 Street, numerous residents – most from the Historic Kenwood neighborhood that backs up…

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