Fighting the blight in Fort Myers
Residents demanding city hall take actionPhoto: Video by fox4now.com
CREATED Jun. 26, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla.- Some East Fort Myers neighbors accusing the city of hurting their property values buy not taking care of the basics, especially along Palm Beach Boulevard.
Alice Applegate who lives in the area said "there is a lot of blight, building have been allowed to become decrepit."
Other residents in the area claim there is only so much neglect by the city local residents say they can handle.
Linda Mattos said "my neighbors have beautiful yards and homes, and when we reach palm beach blvd its a total change. we see unfinished building, we see graffiti on buildings that needs to be secured. we see trash."
The building on marsh and palm beach boulevard has been sitting like this ... cinder blocks and steel beams sticking out... for close to seven years.
Fort Myers code enforcement fears little can be done about it. Supervisor Richard Scott said "hopefully someone steps up and decides they want to finish that structure and put a business there...that's what we are hoping for of course."
But after so many years of doing nothing but grow weeds... home owners say the city council needs to see the bigger picture and take action.
Linda Mattos points out that "who would want to turn and go to the river and buy a house if they had to go by that every day."
With the building on Superior and Palm Beach Blvd, you can expect action sooner.
With a caved in roof... the city condemned the property and the owners have a permit to tear down the building this Friday.
The city has only 50-thousand dollars set aside in its budget to tear down abandoned properties.
City officials claim there are other buildings that are considered more dangerous that would take priority.