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Atlantic Beach apartments without power since Tuesday

5:26 PM, Jul 5, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- Inside Apartment 89, it's hot and dark, a place where frustrations are boiling over.

"This is at 48 hours with no electricity at this point," resident Charles Wells said.

The power for many apartments at Atlantic Arms went out Tuesday night. Ever since, people say they've been left in the dark.

"We called the manager and they said it wasn't something they could handle at the moment. And they basically kept pushing it off, pushing it off," said Stephen Maso.

So they eventually called First Coast News. When we showed up, a manager for Avesta Homes said his crews are having a hard time finding an electrician to fix the problem. A letter sent to residents says electricians and equipment are tied up in Maryland and West Virginia. A manager said his boss told him not to talk to First Coast News on camera.

Some people are buying ice to share with residents. Wells says most of the food in his refrigerator is spoiled. He's trying to keep his freezer cold with ice.

"It's not just affecting me, it's affecting everyone. It's affecting some of the elderly people we have here. They're not feeling well because of the heat," said Wells.

We have also reached out to Florida's Department of Consumer Services. They regulate laws for renters and landlords.
They are reviewing the case and seeing if they can take any action.

We called Avesta Homes office in Tampa and did not get a return call.

First Coast News

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