DELTONA, Fla (WOFL FOX 35) - Several blighted homes are getting demolished. Deltona leaders say squatters and blight is becoming a big problem in their city. That's why they've dedicated a program to clean up the problem. It’s called Deltona’s Beautification Program.
The second home on the program’s list was demolished Wednesday morning at 1182 Fountainhead. "It was in such disrepair there was no way it would be cost effective to fix it. It just needed to be demo'd,” said Deltona Vice Mayor Chris Nabicht.
City leaders say it's not costing taxpayers a dime to clean up their community. "We had a lot of foreclosed properties in the city and in order to get a handle on that," Nabicht said. "We passed an ordinance that required the banks and lending institutions to register those properties with the city and we charge them a fee.”
Nabicht says those fees have added up and they're using that money to demolish blighted homes. "It's increasing the property values all throughout the neighborhood when we do this,” he stated.
It's an important issue for Commissioner Heidi Herzberg. She said her district has numerous abandoned homes that need to be demolished. "I for one have great confidence in the residents of Deltona who really band together, and are good people so they deserve to have their neighborhoods brought up,” said Commissioner Heidi Herzberg.
Three other homes are scheduled to be demolished within the next 30 days. They are 847 Crawford, 3121 Blaine, and 1195 Acorn. If you would like to report a blighted home contact Code Enforcement at 386-878-8700.