• Cocoa homeowner accused of running illegal bed-and-breakfast


    COCOA, Fla. - Neighbors in a Cocoa neighborhood are complaining about a house that they say has been illegally operating as a bed-and-breakfast.

    Code enforcement is getting involved because neighbors say the owners don't have a permit.

    From Skywitness 9 the house looks like either a luxury resort or the ultimate party house.

    There is no shortage of lounge chairs or parking spots.

    Neighbors like Brenda Teixiera believe the home is actually being used to run a bed-and-breakfast.

    "I am down in a valley and the noise carries into my back yard," Teixiera said. "I don't have a problem with the people who live there, but what they are doing, they don't have a license to do that."

    The neighbor who launched the initial complaint did not want to comment, but the other neighbor says he has never had a problem with the homeowners.

    The owner of the house where the alleged bed-and-breakfast is being run did not want to talk, either.

    Brevard County leaders said if the owners are running a bed-and-breakfast they could be fined up to $250 a day until they stop or get a permit to run one in a residential neighborhoods.

    Code enforcement officials heard from both sides Friday

    The home owners said the people who come over are just friends, but Teixiera is not convinced.

    "We have a lot of elderly people in here. If we needed an ambulance to get through or a fire truck, they could not make it," Teixiera said.

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