Planning Commissioner asks for countywide code enforcement

Published: Friday, April 19, 2013 at 01:10 PM.

Commissioner Todd Abbott said he served on the Code Enforcement Committee with Ackerman in the past, and agreed that enough was not being done to enforce existing codes.

Ackerman described one of his neighbor’s property as being “like Sanford & Son, it’s a fiasco.”

“We have people living out in the county, who want to live the way their forefathers lived,” said Commissioner Charles Brock. “They don’t want to change, and they don’t want to be told to change.”

“If the county wants to put a badge and a gun on somebody and send them out there, they’re in for a big surprise,” Brock said.

“I think most people in the county want to comply with the law,” Abbott said, “but there is a small circle of people that don’t want to be told what to do with their property.”

“I agree with it 100 percent in a city like Chipley, where you’re living elbow-to-elbow, but in some of these rural communities, there are only three or four houses within miles of each other, and usually they’re all family,” Brock said.

Abbott said he would also like to look at the option of having a magistrate deal with enforcement. “We don’t want neighbors fighting neighbors,” he said.

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