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Cape Coral neighbors upset with nuisance home; city says property owner given notice

An overgrown lawn and a boarded-up home have been an unwanted sight for the past few years for nearby neighbors in Cape Coral.

“It is an eyesore, and it does kind of bring down our value,” said neighbor Michael Foley, who is now selling his home across from the abandoned property on Andalusia Boulevard.

Foley has lived in this neighborhood for more than six years, and that’s how long neighbors say they’ve been dealing with an abandoned duplex with overgrown grass, holes in the roof, wood on the windows, and a beehive.

“The city really needs to do something about that,” Foley said.

Cape Coral code enforcement saw a Facebook post about the property. The city told us it contacted the property owner, who responded by putting up a bee box.

We also spoke to the property owner, who claims he’s never spoken with anyone and doesn’t know who put up the bee box.

Neighbors don’t care. They want the property cleaned up.

“Honestly, if they could buy the house and just keep it well-groomed so somebody could come and pick it up, that would be nice,” neighbor Jordy Nieves said.

The city told us the property owner now has 10 days to cut down the overgrown grass and pick up any debris.

If you live near an abandoned property that falls into disarray, call your local code enforcement until you get a response.

Cape Coral residents can use the CapeConnect app to make anonymous reports.

Reporter:Andrea Guerrero
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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