Vacant homes can be unsightly but not in code violation

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tammy Braddock takes pride in her neighborhood and just the other day put up a sign warning people that cameras are in play to discourage drug activity.

On the same block where she lives on Lexington Avenue is a vacant home that Braddock and neighbors say has been vacant for nearly 15 years.

The home was cited by code enforcement for overgrown grass last month and since has been mowed. The home, according to code enforcement, has been cited 9 times in the past 12 years for similar problems.

Braddock says the home makes its difficult to keep the street attractive.

"Inside the home is piled from floor to ceiling with junk," said Braddock.

A spokesperson for code enforcement says if a home is secured with windows and doors intact plus being in relatively good structural condition there is nothing code enforcement can do.

Braddock says it is discouraging but she will continue do her part of keep her neighborhood on the right track.


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