FORT MYERS, Fla. - A Fort Myers food pantry under fire for code violations has extra time to sort them out.
St. Vincent de Paul was facing shut down in a months time for issues including parking in the middle of city streets.
When the pantry opened for service Tuesday morning, some of the concerns were gone, but code enforcement officers said other problems persisted.
The food pantry, which feeds 700 people a week, had food distribution trucks parked on the grass outside the building and was also handing out food in an outside yard, which code enforcement calls a violation.
Ned Haile, with St. Vincent de Paul, said lately, the group has roped off the yard so recipients cannot illegally park there. The pantry has also posted a parking supervisor outside to keep city streets clear.
"Since we got the notice... we have been compliant, and it's been like this every food distribution day since," Haile said.
Fort Myers Code Enforcement officers were on site Tuesday morning for a diplomatic visit.
"The purpose of being here is to try to get numbers for people we can contact, so we can hold a meeting and come up with a really good solution that will benefit the people in this community," officer Maria Morales.
Code Enforcement said St. Vincent de Paul originally had until July 11 to shut its doors. Now that date is the deadline for the pantry to show some progress or a plan to fix the violations. It will go before the Code Enforcement Advisory Board to present its plans, at which point, the board could reconsider its vote to shut the group down.