Saturday, January 26, 2013
City leaders are moving forward with a program that would help current Gulfport residents, who are not in compliance, keep their RV's. In the meantime the current ordinance stands.
RV Owners in Violation Residents Marilyn and Lloyd Goodwin are among the estimated 50 RV owners in the city that are not in compliance with current RV storage setbacks. They are in violation of the stricter RV Regulation Ordinance that was approved last summer. Current regulations limit the amount of RV's to only one per home or piece of land, include setbacks from property lines and do not allow RV's to be parked in the front of the property. The Goodwin's say they have no choice but to park their 22-foot RV in their front yard. "It's just big enough to where I can't get it in the alley to get it into the back yard," Lloyd said. The Lloyd's along with RV owner Larry Shepherd attended the last council workshop on Thursday, Jan. 17 to see …
Friday, December 14, 2012
City leaders are trying to sculpt an ordinance that would allow people to keep recreational vehicles.
RV Storage Up For Debate Where should residents store recreational vehicles? That question has been debated and discussed for more than a year. “It just doesn’t seem fair that just because we have a small lot that we can’t enjoy things on our own property,” Gulfport resident and RV owner Larry Shepherd said Thursday night. “I’ve had an RV since 1980, it used to be, we come down, we register with the police department. You could park it behind or beside the house. . . Yeah, I bought a bigger one. Now that started a whole bunch of stuff," John Miller said during the workshop. Several Gulfport residents spoke up at a City Council Workshop Thursday night at Gulfport City Hall. The issue - Recreational Vehicle Storage in Residential Areas. …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
An emergency motion temporarily stops the order Mary Barrett received for violating a city ordinance.
Gulfport resident Mary Barrett, director and founder of Limbo Chihuahuas-Chihuahua Rescue, was ordered by Special Master James Thaler to pay a $750 penalty and remove all foster dogs from her home. The order was handed down on Thursday, Sept. 27 when Thaler ruled Barrett violated a city ordinance for operating a kennel for her nonprofit animal rescue organization. Thaler concluded that business was conducted at Barrett's home address, including dog training and volunteer visits to pick up or drop off dogs. He also noted that Barrett's address was listed as the principal address for the organization on Sunbiz.org. Having a business in an R-2 zoning district is not allowed. As a result, Thaler found Barrett in violation of City Code 22-4.02…
Friday, July 27, 2012
At the first day of Gulfport's Special Magistrate for code violations, a business owner is cited for not keeping his trucks behind a fence. As a result, he is moving his tree removal service outside of the city.
The chambers may have been quiet, even low key, but the Special Magistrate program for the City of Gulfport already had the intended effect, even before it began. At 9:30 a.m. Thursday, attorney James D Thaler, Jr. began hearing cases as Gulfport’s new Special Magistrate. His inaugural case was a combination of mixed signals, misunderstandings and a business owner who is leaving the city. It was certainly an inauspicious start for the Special Magistrate, with the case of Deno Crawford and his business, Urgent Tree Service of 2205 52nd St. S. In the chambers at City Hall, Crawford and property owner Lyta Reichbach of Gizmo Property Management in St. Pete Beach appeared before Thaler. They were the only violators to stand at Thursday’s …
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
The Gulfport City Council appointed Attorney James D. Thaler, Jr. to head Gulfport's new code enforcement system. As Special Master, Thaler will hear cases and assess fines, as an alternative to the county court system.
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012
If you have tall grass, excessive debris or other code violations in Gulfport, you will how have to argue your case to attorney James D Thaler, Jr. The Gulfport City Council chose Thaler, a long-time Gulfport resident, to preside over its new code enforcement system. At last night's regular council meeting, the board appointed him as the city's Special Master, who by state regulations must be an attorney. Thaler will serve as a hearing officer for Code Enforcement and Nuisance Abatement. The goal of the procedures is to provide both residents and the city an alternative to costly legal action. Gulfport Ordinance 2011-21 established the new code enforcement measures, approved by the city council in November last year. When Thaler begins to…
Monday, March 5, 2012
Gulfport is ready to name a Special Magistrate this month, but the city's vocal crackdown on code violations seems to have an effect on the number of cases to hear.
Maintaining Gulfport's curb appeal may be a little easier than first thought. The city's new code enforcement system seems to be coming along without too much trouble, officials say. When the Special Magistrate begins hearing code violations—by the end of March, according to Community Development Director Fred Metcalf—he or she may not have much to do, or at least as much as originally assumed. Although he didn't specify the exact number of tickets written to violators since Gulfport made their code changes, Metcalf did indicate that increased awareness of the special magistrate program had the intended effect. "We haven't had to give many citations," said Metcalf. "People are more knowledgeable about code enforcement." Since the Gulfport …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Gulfport City Manager Jim O'Reilly explained that the aim is to keep people from leaving couches in their yard.
For months, citizens and city leaders have been discussing, brainstorming and moving forward with stricter code ordinances in an effort to improve curb appeal in Gulfport. During Tuesday night's meeting the Gulfport City Council voted on second reading for three code enforcement issues: trash can placement, banning indoor furniture outdoors and shortening special pick-up times. Indoor Furniture Outdoors After an extensive discussion and debate about the wording of the ordinance, the Council voted 3-2 to pass ordinance 2012-02, which prohibits indoor furniture from being stored outdoors. City Manager Jim O'Reilly explained that the aim is to keep people from leaving couches in their yard. "Trying to eliminate indoor furniture from being …