• Residents tired of junk in Orlando neighbor's yard


    ORLANDO, Fla. - Some Orlando residents aren't happy that the yard of one of their neighbors appears to be a junkyard.

    The home, on Robinson Street, just west of downtown Orlando, already has more than $375,000 in fines against it.

    "Yeah, it's a junkyard," said neighbor Tyler White.

    The problem is that it isn't actually supposed to be a junkyard. The home is zoned for residential and office use. But rusted-out cars, bicycles, boats and even a Jet-Ski fill the property. Neighbors said it's been that way for years.

    "Most of the time it's people out there chopping up cars, scraping cars, bringing in the tow truck," said neighbor Joshua Paladino.

    Paladino said it is blight on the community. And it's been racking up code enforcement fines.

    Channel 9's Jeff Deal searched city records for the property and found 75 code enforcement violations in the last 15 years.

    The property has been written up for "junk cars and parts," running an "auto repair shop," and for having a goat tied up on the property.

    The owner is listed as an estate with a mailing address out of Georgia. But neighbors said a man, who refused to talk with Deal Friday, operates a junk car business.

    "Do you own the property there?" Deal asked the man.

    "No, no, no," he replied.

    "Who owns the property?" Deal asked.

    "I don't know," the man said.

    Neighbors said they hope that someday, the mess will go away.

    "There's something that needs to be done about it," said Paladino.

    Deal's calls to city officials Friday afternoon were not returned.

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