DAYTONA BEACH — The city has a message for the hundreds of property owners who collectively have stiffed the city on $4.46 million in code violation fine payments: Pay up soon, or the city’s coming after your land and buildings with foreclosure actions.
The city has compiled a list of 395 code violation cases going back to 1997 that have yet to be settled with payments of fines. Two land owners just need to scrawl out a check for $50, and about 55 more could clear their names for $1,100 or less. But nearly 300 fine dodgers owe $10,000 or more, including one who’s racked up a $76,400 debt.
The days of waiting for properties to sell to collect on code enforcement liens are ending, city officials say.
“People will see that we’re serious, and hopefully they’ll pay their fines and make repairs,” said City Commissioner Aaron Delgado, a strong supporter of the new effort to go after deadbeat code violators. “We won’t tolerate people who just let liens back up and do nothing.”