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6:40 PM, Apr 6, 2012   |    comments
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Editor's Note: After Ken's story aired, Bios Specialists owner William York responded. He went to the Palms at Marsh Landing, removed the Winberry's deceased neighbor's furnishings, and did a deep cleaning to remove the stench at no cost to the next of kin. Neighbors reported to Ken they were pleased with the outcome.

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- The Winberrys have lived in their condo for years and this is the first time they can't stand being next to their neighbor.

They live in the Palms at Marsh Landing. In February, the person who lives in unit 2616 died. In March, police and rescue removed her decomposed body, but since then, no one has cleaned up the unit.

Since their neighbor had passed away, their unit has a stench that the Winberrys say is unbearable.

"It has been two and a half months of decomposing happening in there," said Tammy Winberry.

The neighbors complain about the odor.

 "Nobody wants to live next to that," said Jason Winberry," said Jason Winberry. 

The Winberrys say they have fought the odor by burning candles and pouring bleach down their drains.

And now the flies swarming in the condo that housed the dead body are creeping into their unit.

"They look like fruit flies, but I'm not sure what they are, but they have just taken over our place," said Tammy Winberry.

They called the health department, and the condo association, but the unit is still in the same condition.

"Will somebody please clean this up?" said Tammy Winberry. 

The Palms at Marsh Landing is managed by First Coast Association management.

The president Alice Hubbard said cleaning the condo unit is not as easy as it seems.

"We just can't go in there," said Hubbard.

Hubbard said they have notified the next of kin and told them that the unit needs cleaning and they suggested companies to do the job.

"The police did not release the unit until the end of March," she said. 

Hubbard said her company is taking the right step. She said they have given the next of kin until the week of April 13 to make a decision -- if not, the association will clean the unit and attach a lien to the property.

She said she has received price quotes from a disaster recovery company and the clean up will cost about $4,000.

It is a lengthy process that has to follow OSHA standards.

First Coast News

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