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Neighborhood Nuisance: Unkempt Belleview Home and Unwelcome Houseguests Raise Eyebrows

By Bryce Abshier – Contact

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An unkempt Belleview home, as well as reported homeless squatters, were the topic of deliberation at a recent City of Belleview Code Compliance Hearing.

Nestled within an otherwise pristine neighborhood, the residence at 11401 SE 55th Ave stands as a monument of neglect amid serene surroundings. Built in 1961, this once charming home boasts three bedrooms and one bathroom, occupying 1,330 square feet on a 0.38-acre lot. Recent years, however, have not been kind to the home.

Beyond the years of neglect lies a deeper concern. Neighbors have reportedly voiced concern over homeless individuals breaking into the house, seeking shelter within its walls. This troubling development added another layer of urgency to the situation. This home, prior to any unwanted inhabitants seeking refuge from the elements, had been vacant with its windows and doors boarded up for several years.

Under Belleview regulations related to nuisances, the property owner faced a litany of infractions, from overgrown vegetation to the accumulation of tree debris. Not only do these infractions damage the neighborhood’s aesthetic appeal, City officials also say they pose safety hazards for residents and passersby.

The saga of code violations plaguing this Belleview residence has unfolded over months, with warnings issued to little avail. Despite repeated notices, the property’s owner, Back to Basic Holdings LLC, has remained indifferent to calls for corrective action. State of Florida Divisions of Corporations records indicate that the Back to Basics Holdings corporation is headquartered nearby, on Blitchton Road in Ocala.

Residents in the vicinity have expressed concerns about declining property values and safety hazards. Reports of unauthorized access by homeless have only exacerbated these worries. While the front yard appears shabby enough, photos shared during the hearing, taken from a consenting neighbor’s backyard, show a deep jungle of wild overgrowth.

When local authorities convened at the recent Code Compliance hearing, the property owner failed to appear. In their absence, the Special Magistrate found the property in violation and issued corrective measures.

The measures include a minimum Code Enforcement fee of $350 for city expenses and a mandate to address overgrown vegetation and debris within two weeks. Failure to comply will result in daily fines of $250 until corrections are made. City documents state that “All costs incurred by the City are to be placed on the property as a lien until paid with the maximum fine to be $5,000.00.”

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