Florida Keys News - Islamorada/KL Free Press
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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Neighbors upset with pearock operation

KEY LARGO -- Residents of a Rock Harbor neighborhood are upset with a pearock business being run out of a home.

"It brings down the value of the neighborhood," said Robby Majeska, who lives near the property.

Complaints have prompted Monroe County Code Compliance to issue the property's owner a notice of violation. The yard includes mounds of pearock, commercial trucks and heavy equipment.

The home sits on a dead-end road off Mutiny Place at mile marker 97, bayside. A sign on the property advises neighbors to mind their own business.

A call for comment to the phone number listed on the pearock company's sign was not returned. The owner of the property lives in Ohio and couldn't be reached for comment.

Majeska said he has been trying to get code enforcement officials to shut down the operation to no avail. He said he and others have also contacted County Commissioner Sylvia Murphy and County Administrator Roman Gastesi about the matter.

"I've been trying for four months to get something done with this case," Majeska said.

Ronda Norman, executive director of the code compliance, canceled a second courtesy letter to the property after the Free Press inquired about the property last week. Instead, she is moving forward with a violation notice.

Norman said the property is violating county code by storing commercial vehicles. To be in violation of running a business out of a residential property, customers must frequent the property, she said.

jgore@keysnews.com

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