|Published:||Oct 25, 2012 6:03 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 25, 2012 6:07 PM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - It's your money and the city of Cape Coral spends thousands of it to clean up eyesores like this overgrown property. But some neighbors say, it's not happening fast enough.
They're worried overgrown homes are a safety hazard. "As you can see the view is horrible in the front and the back."
Bob and Judy Mason say their patience is running short with this unruly yard.
"It's all the allergies that come from these weeds and overgrown bushes, we've had snakes because of it all kinds of little critters that have been popping out of the area," said Judy Mason.
They've asked the city to cut down the problem at the home at 1409 Southwest 10th Place and are frustrated nothing has been done.
The city budgets $60,000 of your money a year to mow overgrown lots.
But we're told 80 to 100 homes like this one, stuck in foreclosure and bankruptcy, are in limbo as the city wades through lengthy legal processes.
"People think that the banks just own it from day one. There's a legal process that they have to follow, and there's a legal process that we have to follow. And that's private property rights," explained Code Enforcement Officer Frank Cassidy.
Cassidy says new state laws are drawing the process out even longer.
He also says contractors are backlogged with requests because of the rainy season and difficulty of the jobs.
"I feel they're not doing the job that the should be doing," said Judy Mason.