SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - The city of Casselberry first took on foreclosed
homes, and now officials are going after bank-owned businesses.
Overgrown commercial lots are what Casselberry resident Deborah Robinson calls eyesores.
"It doesn't look good for the community itself," she said. "The banks need to take care of this and step up to the plate."
The city is considering an ordinance that would require banks that own foreclosed commercial buildings and lots to register with the city. That way, the city can hold banks responsible for property maintenance.
"It isn't the responsibility of city hall to be the lawn
The city has already spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars mowing
Five years ago, leaders passed a similar ordinance to keep banks responsible for foreclosed residential homes. It worked. They saw a decrease in dilapidated houses, and now they're focusing on businesses.
"When we see overgrown grass, suddenly it's in foreclosure; we're able to get right to the lending institute," said Hufford.
Leaders expect construction on two major road
The commission is expected to approve the foreclosed property registration ordinance at its meeting on