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August 19, 2005 8:35 AM CDT

New City Law Could Mean Jail Time, Fines for Builders

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Contractors and developers within [Bradenton, Fla.] city limits could face a hefty fine or jail time if their construction sites aren't ready to weather a hurricane this season.

Large commercial and residential construction sites must secure loose items, such as roof tiles, lumber and scaffolding, the day after a hurricane watch is issued in Manatee County, according to the city ordinance adopted in April.

Failure to do so could mean a $500 fine. It could also mean spending up to 60 days at the Manatee County jail.

Aside from the fine and jail time, the city construction board of adjustment and appeals would determine whether to seek disciplinary measures against the violator or simply revoke their license.

The city of Venice was the first to adopt the ordinance after four hurricanes threatened the Gulf Coast last year, officials said.

The county does not have such an ordinance, though there has been some talk about implementing one, Manatee County Department of Public Safety Director Karen Windon said.

For more information about the ordinance, visit www.cityofbradenton.com.


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The Bradenton Herald is the best source for local news, sports and weather in Manatee County, Lakewood Ranch, Florida’s Gulf Coast and Bradenton areas. Read the Bradenton Herald online at www.bradenton.com.

 

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