COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - For Golden Gate Estates residents code enforcement rules are less strict than other part of Collier County, part of the reason people move out there. But, one man says his property is now the target of the county and he thinks it isn't fair.
John Irizarry is facing a war with code enforcement because they want to fine him $100 a day for cars and trailers without plates and engines in his back yard. He uses the trailers for storage for his business and is restoring some of the cars. Everything is behind a six foot fence.
Code enforcement says fence or not, it's all in violation. According to county code, all of Irizarry's vehicles must have plates and a working engine. Without them the vehicles are considered derelict and diminish the aesthetics of the community. If he gets license plates he has to build an enclosed shed, or face a $100 a day fine. None of these options fit in Irizarry's budget right now.
The homeowner argues against the rule, questioning how his vehicles could be considered an eyesore when they're behind the fence and out of view. He tells WINK News he feels like he's being targeted. We checked three other properties on the street that looked far worse off and none of them had open violations.
Code insists he's not being targeted, they received an anonymous tip. They say he's in violation of the law, plain and simple.
Irizarry let us know he will continue to fight this violation. He believes others in the estates may be in the same situation as he is.