• Abandoned property on Lake Toho in Kissimmee becomes public dumping ground


    KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Residents in Kissimmee are demanding someone clean up an abandoned house in their neighborhood after it has become a dumping ground.

    The home sits on Grandview Boulevad near Lake Toho and is littered with trash inside and out, causing it to stick out like a sore thumb, neighbors told Channel 9.

    Neighbors said their biggest concern is safety because there is no screen door on the pool enclosure, which could allow for a child to stumble into the dirty, black water.

    Those who contacted Channel 9 pointed out the piles of garbage that sit along the property, overgrown bushes, mold growing on the screened enclosure and the hazardous pool.

    Neighbor Susan Burns said she's even seen homeless people squatting at the home.

    "People coming in and out of here. I know there's homeless coming in and out of here, so that's basically what I'm concerned about," she said.

    On one part of the property, an entire tennis court is covered in trash.

    Code enforcement has placed liens on the property after mowing the grass, and it's also been cited as an abandoned property.

    Channel 9's Jeff Deal learned the bank appears to be trying to foreclose, but neighbors said the owners moved out years ago.

    Neighbors said doors to the home were wide open last week, but it has since been secured.

    There is no word on when the violations will go before the Code Enforcement Board.

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