Tracking, securing abandoned properties

Posted at 5:37 PM, Mar 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-09 17:54:41-05

Flamingo Park has been Robert Bohm's neighborhood for 27 years and lately eyesores like abandoned homes have been popping up."

"There's a few of them in this community," says Bohm.

His latest concern is one on Ardmore Road after a homeless man set fire to it.  

Laura Borso is the head of the chronic nuisance program for the city of West Palm Beach, which aims to maintain and secure vacant properties and fine their owners if they aren't keeping up with them.

Borso says her job is challenging, keeping track of thousands of properties, most of them left vacant from the recession.

It's all an effort to get them closed off as well. "Homeless, prostitutes, drug deals," says Borso.

With thousands of properties and Borso's team of three, she's asking for the public's help.

"We can't be everywhere so if you call us. Please, let us know. Somebody illegally dumped something, somebody got into a vacant home," says Borso.

If a property owner does not pay the city for maintaining their vacant lot, the bill will be added to the property tax bill so the city can recover the money.