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Beach landlord has 10 days to appeal condemnation notice

5:21 PM, Jul 8, 2013   |    comments
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NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. --  The landlord of a home where a balcony collapsed on July 4, sending four young people to the hospital, has 10 days to appeal a notice that his home is being condemned.

The "Notice of Emergency Action and Condemnation" was sent to Ernest Russell Jr. over the weekend outlining his options.

Those options including initiating repairs within 30 says with a permit or the possibility of facing daily fines of $250 a day.

Russell could not be reached for comment on Monday.

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The home located at the intersection of 1st and Margaret streets was occupied by eight young people.  They were given notice to be out by Sunday afternoon, but that deadline was extended until Monday to give them more time.

Building Official Don Ford, who handles code issues in Neptune Beach, said there was no record of a permit issued for repairs that were recently made to one of the balconies.

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Ford said his office had not received any complaints from anyone who lived at the address about the condition of the balconies.

In the enforcement letter, the owner was informed that the "three remaining decks may fail at any time."   

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