Port Charlotte man tired of eyesore home next door

Posted at 11:43 PM, Oct 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-24 23:43:50-04

A Port Charlotte man turned to Four in Your Corner, saying the home next door to where he lives is an eyesore and it's been that way for the three years he's lived in the neighborhood.

The home is on Dunreath Road in El Jobean.

"There's no windows, no walls, nothing. The floors are half eaten away," Clarence Jans said.

The lawn is overgrown and there's an abandoned boat covered in trees and grass.

He said the home isn't just an eyesore, it's a safety hazard. Two days ago, he said his grandson was playing in his yard with his toys.

"Out of the long grass over there, I saw a rat run right out of there and across my grandson's legs," Jans said. "And two-to-three weeks ago, a six-foot diamond back rattlesnake came out of here and onto my front lawn.

Jans said he and his wife have been calling the county for the last three weeks, but aren't getting anywhere.

Charlotte County's Code Compliance Manager told Four in Your corner there was a hearing on the home in 2015, but at the time, the judge said the home wasn't in bad enough shape for them to do anything. The judge ordered a cease-and-desist on the home for two years. Since then, the manager said the county's come out to mow the grass from time to time, but they can't do anything more until the cease-and-desist expires on November 4th. After that, the manager said there could be another hearing to see what more can be done. He said there's a lien against the property, and there have been eight affidavits of non-compliance filed in the last two years.

Four in Your Corner reached out to the listed owner of the home, but haven't heard back yet.