Collier Co. cracks down on filthy home in East Naples
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CREATED Aug. 15, 2012 - UPDATED: Aug. 15, 2012
NAPLES, Fla. - A home was abandoned nearly 3 years ago and now it is destroyed after people broke in, tore it apart and used it as a place to do drugs and have sex, but now the county is saying no more.
Corporal Sylee Gibson with the Collier County Sheriff's Office searched the home before our cameras arrived to make sure we weren't walking in on anything dangerous.
"When you walk into these homes, you don't know what you're walking into?" I asked.
"We have no idea which is why we are usually the ones that come in," said Corporal Sylee Gibson, Collier County Sheriff's Office.
The homeowner abandoned the home on Broward Street in East Naples nearly 3 years ago.
The county has been keeping a close eye on it ever since.
"I don't usually find vacant properties that are in this bad of condition," said Corporal Gibson.
The inside of the home is a mess.
"The electrical panel in this case...they are removing the wiring," said Corporal Gibson.
Thieves have stolen the copper wiring to make a quick profit. Walls are punched in and the windows are busted.
"Code enforcement works with us to board them up," said Corporal Gibson.
On the kitchen counter is evidence of risky behavior.
"It looks like some sort of paraphernalia used to smoke some sort of dope or marijuana or something."
Outside the home there is leftovers of synthetic marijuana and sex.
"Condom wrappers and here are some Monster cans too," said Corporal Gibson as she pointed to debris on the ground.
Neighbors I spoke with have no idea this is going on.
"It's disgusting. I can't believe they are doing this around here especially in this neighborhood," said Yesica Nino, neighbor.
Another reason why the Sheriff's Office is concerned about the vacant property is because it is right next to Lely High School.
The county first learned about the home from the school.
"The calls I was receiving from the high school was about young kids coming in and hanging out."
The Sheriff's Office has kept tabs on the house for months now. Deputies work with Code Enforcement and banks to secure vacant properties.
"We can address these issues and talk to the banks and not use the usual approach of just citing an owner," said Kitchell Snow, Collier County Code Enforcement.
Corporal Gibson is urging neighbors everywhere, if they see something, say something.
"This is what we don't want it to get to. We want to catch it early on."
In East Naples, Code Enforcement checks on 186 vacant homes. The home on Broward Street is an extreme case and most vacant homes do not look like the East Naples home.
If you notice anything suspicious around a vacant home contact the Sheriff's Office or Code Enforcement at (239) 252-2440.