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Fort Myers apartment owner hit with fine for health and safety violations

Posted at 11:02 PM, Jun 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-15 23:02:24-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. - A Lee county woman is one of many who live in rough conditions inside Jones Walker apartments.

Ebony Jones rallied other tenants to attend Thursday night's code enforcement meeting in downtown Fort Myers.

"Roach infested, the walls soft, and the ceiling is falling in," as Jones described her apartment.

Code enforcement swept through 9 units back in October 2017. Officials found 10 violations and served them to the owner days later.

However, Jones wants more lasting changes to her home.

"I've been here 10 years and what have they done," Jones said. "This shouldn't have taken this long to get this for them to start doing some action," she added.

The city said it met with property management as well as contractors about the improvement work.

The city said work has been completed and passed inspections. Then there will be a final inspection of the property.

Code enforcement voted to fine the owner of the property $2500 a day in Thursday's meeting. Those in attendance on Thursday urged the board to consider the families inside.

"It's 80 units, but it's 80 units full of children and no one gives a damn," Jones said.

She hopes this pushes for change. She suffers from epilepsy and takes a several different medications.

"I asked them is it going to take me to die for you to get this done," she added.