INDIAN SHORES – Town councilors authorized Town Attorney Regina Kardash to investigate outstanding code enforcement liens. The matter was brought before the council at its July 10 meeting.
Kardash said that “if (the city does not) foreclose on a lien within 20 years, it will expire.”
Councilors voted to allow Kardash to spend between 5 and 10 hours researching “recorded liens.”
She reminded council that though they might be awarded a property through a lien, they won’t receive it out right. Instead, it will be sent to bid, she said, and awarded, ultimately, to whomever makes the winning bid.
The “most recent code enforcement liens” she was “aware of outstanding was $30,000.”
“Foreclosures are expensive,” she added. “Anything litigation takes a long time.”
When asked by council, she was uncertain how many properties within the town had code enforcement liens.
Mayor Patrick Sorrano said, “I think it’s worth a look to see what we got out there.”
At the same meeting, the council approved the allocation of $600,000 of the Gulf Boulevard Beautification Penny for Pinellas funds for the monument and park project at Tiki Gardens. Tiki Gardens is a 9.9-acre site purchased in 1990 for $3 million. Phase II, which came within a year of its June 1995 opening, provided additional landscaped parking spaces.
The funding comes from Penny 4 Pinellas. Still, town councilors discussed concerns about how the funds were being spent.
Councilor Michael Petruccelli said the amount “seems to be excessive.”
He added, “But that’s me. It could go elsewhere.”
Sorrano reminded council that Penny for Pinellas funds needed to be spent in specific ways.
“I’d rather spend it on sidewalks and safety. But these are two different issues. We can’t use this money for sidewalks,” he said.