Code enforcement cites excavation company for operating in neighborhood without proper permits

SUBURBAN LAKE WORTH, Fla. - A land clearing and excavation company is bringing big trucks up and down a small narrow road in a residential neighborhood, which angers some neighbors.

Bob Griffin lives on Palomino Drive in suburban Lake Worth, just west of the Florida Turnpike, where he says loud oversized trucks drive daily.

"Bo rent in a commercial area where this stuff is suppose to be," Griffin said. "It's not suppose to be in our neighborhood."

Jack Abrau said he can hear the trucks early in the morning.

"This thing comes and it's empty and it's going boom boom boom boom," Abhau said. "This is going on 5 and 6 o'clock in the morning."

The trucks are going to P.J.'s Land Clearing and Excavating.

Palm Beach County Code Enforcement has cited the property.

In the citation it says the company is operating an excavation company, nursery company and contractor storage facility without proper permits.

The county is ordering the company to stop using the site as they are until they obtain the proper permits from the Palm Beach County Zoning department.

"Why doesn't the county come and tell me that," Pat Wilson said.

Wilson runs the land clearing company.

"It's complied but I mean why is the county saying something to you guys and not saying something to me," he said.

Wilson is a renter at the property.

He says they have the proper permits even though the county still has an active code complaint open at their office.

They're asking the property owner to come in compliance by July 8th, 2013.

"It ain't my responsibility," Wilson said. "It's (the county code enforcement's). They have to prove me wrong."

Some neighbors said this is about more than code compliance.

"Permit or not, I'm just talking about being a good neighbor that's all. It's not fair," Abhau said.

Wilson wouldn't supply NewsChannel 5 with the name of the company's lawyer or the owner of the property, when asked.

 

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