Saturday, July 01, 2006

Eyesore in my neighborhood

Erickson Construction is not being a good neighbor here on east saturn. They have trashed the two lots adjacent to the one they are building on - wiping out most of the native vegetation and leaving barren ugliness behind.

I have waited in vain for them to clean up this ugly eyesore but it would seem that they need someone to push them to do so. I hope somebody will. Soon.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The same thing occurred on our street with the same builder (and to be fair this builder isn't the only one.) We finally contacted the "Complaint Enforcers" and they took care of it.
(Actually we emailed our city officials our complaint with attached pictures of the mess.)

It is unfortunate that we no longer seem to have Code Enforcers - they don't seem to do anything unless someone complains.

Most mornings there are vechicles parked on Gulf Blvd. blocking the walking lane (no tickets on the windshield), there are big trash containers with their tops open spewing garabage over the neighborhood, where are the citations? Loud music - you have to call and complain. There are police officers and code enforcers driving around if they see or hear a violation of the ordinances they should enforce the laws without someone having to complain.
Some nights its just too much trouble to try and figure out where the noise is coming from so you can call.

I realize that we have to be tourist friendly (do we have to be builder friendly too?)but enough is enough. Some of the trash laying around is really a health hazzard - dirty diapers, other items with bodily fluids - dog litter is some of the more sanitary stuff people leave.

I think the enforcers should start enforcing.

12:34 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

Right on Stephanie! [By the way, Shane was just over helping us with a major dog/catfight on our front porch, yikes! Tell him thanks ...]

Anyway, the Town appears to be complaint-driven. I might speculate this is because they don't have enough manpower, since how hard is it to check on a few construction sites a day for trash? I mean, it's an ordinance, right? In about an hour I could tour every construction site on the Island, take a picture, and write down the particulars.

Maybe we should be positive and say like "the construction trash thing has become an issue, so let's do a voluntary "Green Builder" program. We'd try real hard to get builders like Erikson to join up. It turns out that waste and trash is a significant cost of building a house, so reducing that saves money. You know, recycling carboard and material bags and stuff ...

And people like good deals rather than getting a Notice of Violation. Let's start a program and then ding the egregious violators to serve as a serious warning, maybe? We shouldn't have to blog, call Rick Ridolfi, send an email to Dewey, and all that other hooey and hokum. /Sam

2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The construction site problem is one that has been called to the Town's attention on many occasions by a lot of people. Complaints don't seem to solve the problem even with pictures. It is obvious that the Town is more builder/developer/realtor friendly than tourist/environment/resident friendly. Who is directing that?

10:34 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

Jim Hoff let me know that he would sponsor a revision to the ordinances to require covered dumpsters for all construction sites. Let's see what happens.

11:15 PM  
Blogger ~Melissa said...

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11:43 PM  
Blogger ~Melissa said...

hmmmm, I just have to wonder if the builder hires all legal workers??????

11:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First, JIm has to be allowed to put it on the agenda.......... If y'all don't know how this works, you should find out.

There is a related item on next week's agenda sponsored by Tara Rios to make the Island litter free. Admirable objective, but real nebulous. I hope she comes in with some specific proposals. Our board is famous for talking lovely generalities, but nothing changes because it is all talk and no specific actions, assignments, responsibilities and deadlines established. Then, it gets forgotten about. A good City Manager would handle all these things ............

15 years ago people were talking about requiring the construction sites to have lidded dumpsters and real construction fences so the trash cannot blow all over the island and into the bay. Those lids need to be closed when crews are not there, but look around as you drive around the island at all the open, overloaded dumpsters with trash blowing out.

Clayton and certain other builders and realtors(not all)can be expected to hollar bloody murder if that is proposed since they are SO concerned about the future and environment on our island and dumpsters and fences cost the builders a little bit of money.
Watch to see which ones are vocal on this....the usual suspects so to speak.

8:54 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

Very well ... I should have said Jim Hoff requested the Town Manager for an agenda item for discussion ... I shouldn't have spoken for him, anyway. The concept sounds like it's long overdue, however.

10:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dewey...What a joke!

6:08 PM  

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