Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Owner Again Ordered to Tear Down Garage

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Owner Again Ordered to Tear Down Garage

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JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- John "Jack" Kieser stood before the city's

Code Enforcement Board this week and said he would try to repair

the dilapidated garage on rental property he owns at 2915 S.

Third St.

"He was never given the option to repair it," said city

building inspector Deborah White.

The board had ordered Kieser to demolish the structure. On

Tuesday, the board amended its order to allow Kieser to obtain a

demolition permit for the garage.

"That's it," Kieser said with a downcast face as he paused and

then left the podium.

After Kieser left, residents at the meeting asked the board

what happens next.

"Whether he tears it down or not, we have no control over

that," said board member Sylvia Osewalt.

But the board has already slapped Kieser with a $500 fine for

each day the garage remains standing. The fine started when he

missed an Oct. 13 deadline.

As of early this week, the fines totaled $7,500. …

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