CREATED Oct. 3, 2013
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - The 2008 recession is still leaving its mark on Cape Coral, in the form of abandoned properties. Homeowners in one Cape Coral neighborhood are tired of the overgrown, ugly eyesore on their street, and say they want something done about it.
A home on SE 5th Place has been vacant for months and now, the grass towers several feet high.
"This place looks like an absolute pigpen," said neighbor Bill Parker.
Beyond the visual effects of the home, neighbors also worry about animals and insects living in the yard and creeping into their properties.
"All kinds of animals can come in here... and start overrunning the neighborhood," said Gudrun Parker. "We don't want that to happen, that's not why we came to Florida to be in something like this."
Connie Barron, public information officer for the City of Cape Coral, said the first step in remedying the situation is to determine which bank is accountable for the property. Once that happens, the City notifies the property owner (or the bank) that if the property isn't cleaned up with 30 days, City crews will come in and take care of it, at the owner's expense.
"We are going to be mowing it ourselves, which means using our contractors, or using our great group of volunteers called 'Take Pride in the Cape' to go out there and clean it up," Barron said.
Until that happens, these neighbors are left cringing every time they go outside.
"It's terrible, it needs to be taken care of," Gudrun said.
To concact Cape Coral Code Compliance Office about a home in your neighborhood, call 239-574-0613.