LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Lee County Commissioners are deciding what to do about a high number of vacant properties that have become eyesores in Southwest Florida.
Lee County is proposing a system to force mortgage companies and banks to register those vacant houses. Dozens of neighbors came out to Tuesday's meeting of the board of commissioners in support of the ordinance. Most of the residents who spoke out are Lehigh Acres, an area hit especially hard during the foreclosure crisis.
The vacant property registry ordinance would require homeowners to register their property in a newly created public database, much like in the city of Fort Myers currently uses.
The board of commissioners is working on fine tuning the wording in ordinance before voting on it. They plan to revisit the issue in four weeks.
Commissioners also decided to put off a decision to raise fees for Florida Power and Light customers until next week. At least one of the county commissioners objected to the issue. The decision would increase fees by one and a half percent.