What once was a school thriving with activity and an anchor for the local neighborhood is now a derelict building repeatedly tainted with graffiti, having open or broken windows and doors, strewn with garbage and evidently harboring rats according to the City the Mayor leads. These community leaders and the Mayor have neglected the site ever since their planned development was abandoned.
Below is a link to all of the code violations issued to the 349 LLC partners since they purchased the property including three (3) in 2015 alone.
- August 4, 2015 - defaced with graffiti, broken windows, debris, open windows
- June 4, 2015 - maintenance of right of way, harboring rats, diminishing public safety
- February 19, 2015 - broken windows, litter, debris, unsecured doors
- July 17, 2013 - maintenance of right of way, harboring rats, diminishing public safety
Based on the August 27, 2015 email below from the City code enforcement department that works for the offender (Hayward), the latest code violations continue to persist and are once again are being referred to the City's Special Magistrate for a hearing. The Mayor's cousin and real estate broker Harry Bell appears oblivious to the condition of the property based on his email to the City with so many issues with the property still in non-compliance with Code.
From: Keith DeWise [mailto:KDeWise@cityofpensacola.com]
Sent: Thursday, August 27, 2015 9:22 AM
To: 'Harry Bell'
Subject: 115 S E Street
Sent: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 5:31 PM
To: Keith DeWise
Subject: Re: 115 S E St
Why don't Mr. Levin, Mr. Vigodsky and Mayor Ashton Hayward take pride in our community and do their part to keep their property safe, clean and in code? Harboring rats?
Didn't Hayward take an oath to uphold the ordinances of the City not violate them?
But hey, Palafox is one great street! No rats on Palafox! Forget all you people over on the West side, we have waits for tables on Palafox.
Mr. Levin stated his lecture to the City recently regarding why we should all bow at the alter of Hayward:
"The changes that have taken place in our city under our new strong Mayor is the envy of cities throughout this country."
Those changes in Pensacola on properties owned by the Mayor aren't the envy of anyone, they just continue to bring slum and blight to a neighborhood Mr. Levin states is "historically neglected neighborhoods" and thanks to them is CURRENTLY NEGLECTED.
Mayor Hayward, Mr. Levin and Mr. Vigodsky, please quit being part of the problem in Pensacola and start being a part of the solution!
Don't harbor rats!